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Extracting text from a Word doc, but every line ends with CR/CR

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Hi, I'm using this code to extract text from a Word .doc file:

function ExtractTextFromWordFile(const FileName:string):string;
var
  WordApp    : Variant;
  CharsCount : integer;
begin
  WordApp := CreateOleObject('Word.Application');
  try
    WordApp.Visible := False;
    WordApp.Documents.open(FileName);
    CharsCount:=Wordapp.Documents.item(1).Characters.Count;//get the number of chars to select
    Result:=WordApp.Documents.item(1).Range(0, CharsCount).Text;//Select the text and retrieve the selection
    WordApp.documents.item(1).Close;
  finally
   WordApp.Quit;
  end;
end;

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It works good except for one thing - every line of text it returns is terminated by a CR/CR (ie. #13#13), instead of a CR/LF (ie. #13#10). Is there a way to have the lines of the extracted text terminated my CR/LF?

Thanks!
    Shawn
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by:jimyX
ID: 40623914
Seems like when copying text by range, it loses the CR&LF.
Better let's use Clipboard:

uses ClipBrd, ComObj;

function ExtractTextFromWordFile(const FileName:string):string;
var
  WordApp    : Variant;
  CharsCount : integer;
begin
  WordApp := CreateOleObject('Word.Application');
  try
    WordApp.Visible := False;
    WordApp.Documents.open(FileName);
    CharsCount:=Wordapp.Documents.item(1).Characters.Count; //get the number of chars to select
    WordApp.Selection.SetRange(0, CharsCount); //make the selection
    WordApp.Selection.Copy;//copy to the clipboard
    Result:= Clipboard.AsText;//get the text from the clipboard
    WordApp.documents.item(1).Close;
  finally
   WordApp.Quit;
  end;
end;

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by:shawn857
ID: 40624690
Thanks Jimy, but the clipboard method runs so much slower than copying text by range. So nothing can be done in the original method to replace CRCR to CRLF?

Thanks
    Shawn
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jimyX earned 2000 total points
ID: 40625030
> "So nothing can be done in the original method to replace CRCR to CRLF?"

It is possible by using StringReplace. But sounds unsafe to replace every occurrence of #13#13. You better test it carefully.

Result:= StringReplace(CopiedText, CRCR, CRLF, [rfReplaceAll]);

function ExtractTextFromWordFile(const FileName:string):string;
var
  WordApp    : Variant;
  CharsCount : integer;
begin
  WordApp := CreateOleObject('Word.Application');
  try
    WordApp.Visible := False;
    WordApp.Documents.open(FileName);
    CharsCount:=Wordapp.Documents.item(1).Characters.Count;//get the number of chars to select
    Result:=WordApp.Documents.item(1).Range(0, CharsCount).Text;//Select the text and retrieve the selection
    Result:=StringReplace(Result, #13#13, #13#10, [rfReplaceAll]);
    WordApp.documents.item(1).Close;
  finally
   WordApp.Quit;
  end;
end;

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by:shawn857
ID: 40629301
Thanks Jimy!

Cheers
    Shawn
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