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Archive for the ‘Office Automation’ Category

Links to debugging COM stuff for Office Automation in Delphi

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/11/12

From a long time ago, but recently I needed them again.

Note the .NET side is much much harder Revisited from the .NET side: Why doesn’t WINWORD.EXE quit after Closing the document from Delphi? (via: Stack Overflow).

[WayBack] Why doesn’t WINWORD.EXE quit after Closing the document from Delphi? – Stack Overflow

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Some notes on Word automation and showing Bookmarks

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/08/27

Though I’ve done this automation in Delphi, this applies to automation from any development platform. In this particular project, the documents used Bookmarks. Those have changed over time, so has the Word support for it.

From Word 2000 until Word you could disable the showing of Bookmarks by setting the ShowBookmarks property to False like this:

<br />ActiveDocument.ActiveWindow.View.ShowBookmarks := False;<br />

Well, when doing this, Office 2013 can throw an error like this:

EOleException: The ShowBookmarks method or property is not available because this command is not available for reading
ErrorCode: 0x800A11FD
Source: Microsoft Word
HelpFile: wdmain11.chm

The full error message does not give any useful search results. But a partial search finds a Word 2013 issue towards the top of the results:

sometimes Words opens the document in Reading layout. Reading layout does not allow all operations in Word 2013.

If a document is protected, and you try to change something you should not, you get an error message like this:

This method or property is not available because the document is a protected document.

Usually, Cindy Meister is very accurate. However this time here code

...ActiveWindow.View = wdPrintView

should have been like

...ActiveWindow.View.Type = wdPrintView

Of course you also have to save/restore this property while you are enabling the ShowBookmarks property.

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Posted in Delphi, Delphi XE2, Delphi XE3, Delphi XE4, Development, Office, Office 2000, Office 2003, Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 2013, Office Automation, Power User, Software Development, Word | Leave a Comment »

Some notes on Word automation and protected documents

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/08/26

Though I’ve done this automation in Delphi, this applies to automation from any development platform. In this particular project, I had to update Word documents. That is fine, unless your documents are protected. You can find out if a document is protected by probing the ProtectionType property of a Document object.

If a document is protected, and you try to change something you should not, you get an error message like this:

This method or property is not available because the document is a protected document.

If you have control of the documents or templates involved, then you can take the recommended steps from Document Handling with protected Microsoft Office Word Template:

Microsoft Office Word offers the possibility to enable document protection only to certain sections of a document. So you can place Bookmarks used by Dynamics AX in a section that is kept unprotected and the Form Controls in a section where Document Protection is enabled.

If you don’t, then you have to check for protection, unprotect, do the modifications, then re-protect the document. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Delphi, Delphi XE2, Delphi XE3, Delphi XE4, Development, Office, Office 2000, Office 2003, Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 2013, Office Automation, Power User, Software Development, Word | Leave a Comment »

Word API Documents collection documentation: moved and changes with the introduction of Word 2013

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/08/05

I’ve done a bit of WinWord automation and came across different locations for the API:

New Style:

Old Style:

Fun fact: there is no Old Style Word 2007 documentation any more. You might expect it at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms263641(v=office.12) but it is not there.

Not so fun fact (and the reason I was looking for the Documents documentation), is because of this big bug ONLY in Office 2010 (it does not occur in Office 2000 .. 2007, and is fixed in 2013): The WordMeister » Bug Word 2010: Documents collection is not correctly maintained.

The only workaround is to run an Office Add-in, or VBA Macro. Both not feasible for external clients.

–jeroen

Posted in Delphi, Delphi XE, Delphi XE2, Delphi XE3, Delphi XE4, Development, Office, Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 2013, Office Automation, Office VBA, Power User, Scripting, Software Development, VBScript | Leave a Comment »

 
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