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Unable to grok Win32::OLE

by monk2b (Pilgrim)
on Apr 08, 2008 at 00:59 UTC ( #678869=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

monk2b has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I have read everything that I could find about win32::OLE to accomplish this task. I am trying to pull table data from a word document and place it in an excel spreadsheet. I have found many examples of adding data to an excel spreadsheet using win32::OLE, so I feel I can accomplish the second task.

I have read the OLE browser info on my windows computer and I installed and looked at Microsofts own oleview.exe information trying to understand how to get table data. Table data in the context that I am using it in means the text and formatting information about the table.

I am able to get table text but my goal is to get all the table information, windows formatting included. I think! Anyway this is what I have.
#!/usr/bin/perl use warnings; use strict; use Win32::OLE; ### File containing tables my $file = "C:\\DocParse\\test.doc"; ### Open for reading my $word = Win32::OLE->new('Word.Application', 'Quit') or die; my $readdoc = $word->Documents->Open({FileName=>$file}); my $output = $readdoc->Tables()->Count(); print "There are $output tables.\n"; ### read text from the document and print to the console my $tables = $readdoc->Tables; foreach my $table (in $tables) { print $table->Range->{Text};


If there is anyone out there that could at least point me to the correct methods or properties that I should use to get the data that i need.

Thanks Bob
I got 99 problems, but a @%$()_ ain't one.

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Re: Unable to grok Win32::OLE
by NetWallah (Canon) on Apr 08, 2008 at 04:06 UTC
    Take a look at "Win32::ole and MSWord" by Kenny (Obviously, a fellow former COBOL programmer).

    His code demonstrates how to create and format a table in ms word. Your requirements are the reverse of this, but you should be able to glean a lot of information on how to access (set) the attributes, and the names of some important attributes.

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