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MS Word problem with frames/formatting

By winmorgan ·
I used to use a Mac running Word 6 and am now using Windows XP w/MS Word 2000. When I copy from a web site (or HTML formatted email) and paste into a new Word document, I get "frames" (I think that's what they're called) around the text. This happens both if I CTRL-A, CTRL-C the web page or the email, BUT also even when I just highlight text (i.e., when I try NOT to grab all the formatting, boxes, etc. in the copying process). When I copied from the web into Word 6 on the Mac, I got the colors of the fonts intact, paragraph spacing, etc., but did NOT get the frames, which often can be a huge interference, take up more memory, make it harder to work with text, etc.

What I would like to know how to do is to get rid of the frames, either in the pasting process, or, if I HAVE to go through the longer paste while Word 2000 sets up the frames, etc., how I can then remove the frames (the boxes around text, etc.), and just leave the plain text in its original colors. I've done my best to locate an option to get rid of the "frames" (I keep putting that in quotes because I'm not sure I'm using the right term), but can't find any way to do so. Basically, I just want to be able to grab text that I want, preserve the colors it's in, and lose all the HTML formatting, boxes, web icons for sound files, etc.

Advice on a solution will be *hugely* appreciated.

Thanks,

Win

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by DKlippert In reply to MS Word problem with fram ...

They're not frames, they're tables.
Try selecting the table and then got to Table>convert Table to text.

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by winmorgan In reply to MS Word problem with fram ...

Wonderful! But there's another aspect to the question. What you suggest works with an individual item, but how do I handle several pages of pasted material (i.e., web data pasted into Word)? When there's a single item, what you suggest works great. But if, for example, I copied this web page and pasted it into Word (which I just did)I have to manually click on each table (there seem to be quite a few)and do the Table > Convert > Table to Text routine. If I try selecting the whole document (CTRL-A), when I go to Table > Convert, the only option is Convert Text to Table! The Convert Table to Text option is greyed out. So...question is, is there someway to "clean up" a whole document---i.e., just leave the text and get rid of all the darned tables?

I'll rate your question Acceptable no matter what happens next...I just held off on doing so as I feared that if I rated it as Acceptable now you would not get this further question.

Thank you very much for your help,

Win

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by DKlippert In reply to MS Word problem with fram ...

Sub TableText()

Dim i As Long
For i = ActiveDocument.Tables.Count To 1 Step -1
ActiveDocument.Tables(i).ConvertToText
Next i

End Sub

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by winmorgan In reply to MS Word problem with fram ...

Doug...If you can, would you explain what this means? (Sub TableText() ...Dim i As Long For i = ActiveDocument.Tables.Count To 1 Step -1) ...I'm sorry to be so ignorant...I just don't have a clue what this means, or how to implement it.

I couldn't find any other way to contact you other than typing this comment. I hope you get it, and thanks again. I guess you won't be able to post further to this, as TechRep. indicates that "Acceptable" closes the question. I can be emailed at win@ihot.com

Happy New Year!

Win

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