Converting specific data in Word 2010 to an Excel spreadsheet
Posted on 2013-05-22
I would like to extract data from a large Microsoft Word 2010 document, preferably using an automated process. The specific data that I am looking for is e-mail addresses embedded in the word document. I have used some of the advanced find algorithms to locate and copy some of these e-mail addresses to Excel, but I am looking for any other options that might be available if this was possible. Some of the data that I could use includes the first and last names of the people associated with the given e-mail address.
The find mechanism (advanced find) seems more geared towards finding a specific string value or escape character and although this is helpful it does not meet all of my needs. Are there character strings that could be used within the advanced find mechanism to accomplish this? Is there any other mechanism, even including some type of commercial software that could parse out the character strings that I'm looking for any better than the Word 2010 options? Or would it be better to have someone write code, maybe in Python, that could accomplish this end in a more practical manner? How hard would that be to do? I'm open to any and all suggestions on how this could be accomplished. All help gratefully accepted, including options that I have not mentioned or thought of. Thanks.