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MS Word macro to switch columns in all tables, in all documents in folder

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I have folder with about 100 Word files, each with one song.  I would like a script that will, for all tables, in all files, switch the column order (ie, chords are in first column, lyrics are in 2nd column). The column width should not be changed.

Thanks !

p.s. Will have some follow up questions to this one...
Lantau-Songbook.zip
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The column width should not be changed
Does that mean 1) the wide column remains on the left or 2) the topics retain their column widths? If option 1, then realize you will have multiple pages.

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The topics retain their column widths.
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Chris Bottomley earned 2000 total points
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Your sample files showed some errors with merged/split cells and different cell widths in some of the tables.  As a consequence the script speed is slightly reduced to address those issues.

The resultant script is as follows, save as a VBS file for example lantau.vbs, modify the files folder from "C:\DeleteMe\Lantau Songbook" to the folder where you have them stored  and then execute it.

Dim wdApp
Dim strErr
Dim tbl

On Error Resume Next
Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set folder = fso.GetFolder("C:\DeleteMe\Lantau Songbook")
Set Files = folder.Files

Set wdApp = CreateObject("Word.application")
For Each fil In Files
    Q28291498_1 fil
Next

If strErr = "" Then
    WScript.Echo "Finished"
Else
    WScript.Echo "Errors found as follows:" & vbCrLf & vbCrLf & strErr
End If

Sub Q28291498_1(fn)

    If Right(LCase(fn), 5) = ".docx" Then
        Set doc = wdApp.Documents.Open(fn.Path)
        If doc.Tables.Count > 0 Then
            For tbl = 1 To doc.Tables.Count
                With doc.Tables(tbl)
                    sngCol1 = .Rows(1).Cells(1).Width
                    sngCol2 = .Rows(1).Cells(2).Width
                    For intRow = 1 To .Rows.Count
                        strcol1 = .Rows(intRow).Cells(1).Range.Text
                        strcol2 = .Rows(intRow).Cells(2).Range.Text
                        .Rows(intRow).Cells(1).Range.Text = Left(strcol2, Len(strcol2) - 2)
                        .Rows(intRow).Cells(1).Width = sngCol2
                        .Rows(intRow).Cells(2).Range.Text = Left(strcol1, Len(strcol1) - 2)
                        .Rows(intRow).Cells(2).Width = sngCol1
                    Next
                    If Err = 0 Then
                        doc.Save
                    Else
                        strErr = strErr & vbCrLf & "Problem with layout in " & fn.Name & " Aborting file save"
                        Err = 0
                    End If
                    doc.Close False
                End With
            Next
        End If
    End If

End Sub

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Thanks Chris. Worked perfectly the first time.
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