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MS Word 2010 - Convert Text Boxes + Autoshapes to Text

Posted on 2014-01-29
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Need a MS Word 2010 macro that

1, selects all text boxes and autoshapes
2. converts the text inside to regular text

I expect that the text will end up rather scrambled, but that is ok.
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Question by:cmd407
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by:Rgonzo1971
ID: 39817864
Hi,

pls try

Sub ConvertTextBoxes()

For Each oShape In ActiveDocument.Shapes
    If oShape.TextFrame.HasText = True Then
        oShape.Select
        
        strText = oShape.TextFrame.TextRange.Text
        oShape.ConvertToInlineShape
        oShape.Delete
        Selection.TypeText strText
    End If
Next

End Sub

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by:cmd407
ID: 39818220
It sticks on line 8:
 oShape.ConvertToInlineShape
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Rgonzo1971 earned 2000 total points
ID: 39818550
Let's try without
Sub ConvertTextBoxes()

For Each oShape In ActiveDocument.Shapes
    If oShape.TextFrame.HasText = True Then
        oShape.Select
        
        strText = oShape.TextFrame.TextRange.Text
        oShape.Delete
        Selection.TypeText strText
    End If
Next

End Sub

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by:cmd407
ID: 39818761
I have 9 text boxes arranged vertically and numbered by the text inside.  Your macro  converted these boxes 1,3,5,7,9 with the first run.  Then 2, 6.  Then 4. Then 8.  You are definitely on the right track.  Had to run it over and over to convert all.
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by:Rgonzo1971
ID: 39818808
Without a dummy example it will be difficult to know where is the Problem

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Author Comment

by:cmd407
ID: 39818882
I made the quick test dummy by drawing nine text boxes, dragging them in a vertical order, and typing 1asdf in the first 2asdf in the second and so on.
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by:cmd407
ID: 39818900
Hey, tried it again on the original project and it got all but one box the first time.  I am happy and appreciate what you have done.  Not sure what is going on with the tester,
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Author Comment

by:cmd407
ID: 39819001
This will save me hours of clicks.  What a great help!
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Author Comment

by:cmd407
ID: 39819015
Sorry - meant to accept this version Posted on 2014-01-29 at 10:17:32.  Can someone fix that to avoid confusing users?
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