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Some Pdf-to-Word/RTF converters produce documents with hundreds of text boxes that each contain a piece of the text.

Rather than laboriously extracting their content one box at a time, is there a way to automatically remove all the boxes and keep the text (I'm using Word 2003) ?
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Yes, there is a way to remove all the text boxes and keep the text in Word 2003. Here are the steps:
  1. Open the document in Word 2003.
  2. Press Ctrl + A to select all the content in the document.
  3. Press Ctrl + C to copy the content to the clipboard.
  4. Press Ctrl + H to open the Find and Replace dialog box.
  5. In the Find what field, type ^b (this is the code for a text box).
  6. Leave the Replace with field blank.
  7. Click on the Replace All button.
  8. Click OK on the confirmation dialog box.
  9. Press Ctrl + V to paste the content back into the document.

This should remove all the text boxes and keep the text in the document. If there are any other formatting issues, you may need to manually adjust them.
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If they're really text boxes, your best bet is a macro, but if in fact
they're frames, then Ctrl+A, Ctrl+Q will usually remove them (since a frame
is part of paragraph formatting and Ctrl+Q will remove it unless it's
defined in the paragraph style). In either case, however, the text box or
frame is going to be anchored to an ordinary text paragraph, and the order
of the paragraphs when text boxes or frames are removed will depend on the
order in which they were anchored. This can mean that the text will become
jumbled.

If they are in fact text boxes, and if you have Word 2003 or earlier, you
have one option that is not available in Word 2007 or 2010. On the Text Box
tab of the Format Text Box dialog, there is an option to Convert to Frame.
Once you've converted the text box to a frame, you can remove it as above.
If you had to do this for every text box, that wouldn't be very helpful,
but, as it happens, once you've done one, you can select another and press
F4 (Repeat), then another, F4, and so on until you're done. Once all the
text boxes have been converted to frames, then Ctrl+A, Ctrl+Q will remove
them.

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Some Pdf-to-Word/RTF converters produce documents with hundreds of text
boxes that each contain a piece of the text.

Rather than laboriously extracting their content one box at a time, is
there a way to automatically remove all the boxes and keep the text (I'm
using Word 2003) ?




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If they're really text boxes, your best bet is a macro, but if in fact
they're frames, then Ctrl+A, Ctrl+Q will usually remove them (since a frame
is part of paragraph formatting and Ctrl+Q will remove it unless it's
defined in the paragraph style). In either case, however, the text box or
frame is going to be anchored to an ordinary text paragraph, and the order
of the paragraphs when text boxes or frames are removed will depend on the
order in which they were anchored. This can mean that the text will become
jumbled.

If they are in fact text boxes, and if you have Word 2003 or earlier, you
have one option that is not available in Word 2007 or 2010. On the Text Box
tab of the Format Text Box dialog, there is an option to Convert to Frame.
Once you've converted the text box to a frame, you can remove it as above.
If you had to do this for every text box, that wouldn't be very helpful,
but, as it happens, once you've done one, you can select another and press
F4 (Repeat), then another, F4, and so on until you're done. Once all the
text boxes have been converted to frames, then Ctrl+A, Ctrl+Q will remove
them.

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Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
http://word.mvps.org
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Thanks for this detailed answer, Mrs. Barnhill. They are indeed text boxes and I did find a macro that removes them all.
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hi!
use kutools for word!
http://www.extendoffice.com/download...-for-word.html

after install free version of it, open the doc and in kutool tab, in "remove" pert click "more" then find "remove all tex boxes" and enjoy!


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Crtl+A, Ctrl+Q saved me SO MUCH trouble. Thank you!!! (Using 2010)
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None of the above methods worked for me. I found a solution that works if you have Adobe Acrobat.

Save the Word document as a PDF. Choose "Save as", "More options", "Rich text format". Save. Open the RTF document. If everything looks good, save it as a Word document.

Hope that was helpful!
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On Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 5:58:36 AM UTC-6, wrote:
None of the above methods worked for me. I found a solution that works if you have Adobe Acrobat.

Save the Word document as a PDF. Choose "Save as", "More options", "Rich text format". Save. Open the RTF document. If everything looks good, save it as a Word document.

Hope that was helpful!


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Thank u so much Suzanne... It worked just like magic... U can send me more useful information on
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hi!
use kutools for word!
http://www.extendoffice.com/download...-for-word.html

after install free version of it, open the doc and in kutool tab, in "remove" pert click "more" then find "remove all tex boxes" and enjoy!


Kutools is not free. You get a free trial period only.


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A macro from Alan Wyatt will also work; it will remove the text boxes from your documents, extract their contents, and insert the labels "Textbox start" and "Textbox end" around the where the text box used to be.

See Removing All Text Boxes In a Document at -

http://wordribbon.tips.net/T009169_R..._Document.html



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On Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 5:58:36 AM UTC-6, wrote:
None of the above methods worked for me. I found a solution that works if you have Adobe Acrobat.

Save the Word document as a PDF. Choose "Save as", "More options", "Rich text format". Save. Open the RTF document. If everything looks good, save it as a Word document.

Hope that was helpful!


I just used it too, and it worked for me. Posts like yours are really a blessing to "Digitally Challenged Seniors" like me.
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On Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 4:37:23 AM UTC+7, JPh12 wrote:
Some Pdf-to-Word/RTF converters produce documents with hundreds of text
boxes that each contain a piece of the text.

Rather than laboriously extracting their content one box at a time, is
there a way to automatically remove all the boxes and keep the text (I'm
using Word 2003) ?




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Ctrl+A, Ctrl+Q very good & Thank you.
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This is the solution I have been waiting for - SAVE AS RTF!!! In my case I unticked the settings option to "include comments". Voila! a simple PDF with tables converted to a format I can use with WORD without 1000s of annoying text boxes. No more converting, no more messed up layout as I remove text boxes. No more text boxes inside table cells.

Very helpful!


(On Thursday, 5 February 2015 00:58:36 UTC+13, wrote:
None of the above methods worked for me. I found a solution that works if you have Adobe Acrobat.

Save the Word document as a PDF. Choose "Save as", "More options", "Rich text format". Save. Open the RTF document. If everything looks good, save it as a Word document.

Hope that was helpful!


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On Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 6:58:36 AM UTC-5, wrote:
None of the above methods worked for me. I found a solution that works if you have Adobe Acrobat.

Save the Word document as a PDF. Choose "Save as", "More options", "Rich text format". Save. Open the RTF document. If everything looks good, save it as a Word document.

Hope that was helpful!


OMG, I was demoted over something so simple!!! God Bless you. That will NEVER HAPPEN TO ME AGAIN! Thank you so much!


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On Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 4:37:23 PM UTC-5, JPh12 wrote:
Some Pdf-to-Word/RTF converters produce documents with hundreds of text
boxes that each contain a piece of the text.

Rather than laboriously extracting their content one box at a time, is
there a way to automatically remove all the boxes and keep the text (I'm
using Word 2003) ?


I saved the file as a .doc and the stupid text boxes go away. Then re-save as .docx.

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On Friday, March 28, 2014 at 10:42:23 PM UTC+7, wrote:
Crtl+A, Ctrl+Q saved me SO MUCH trouble. Thank you!!! (Using 2010)


Damn!!! it worked! thanks
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hi!
use kutools for word!
http://www.extendoffice.com/download...-for-word.html

after install free version of it, open the doc and in kutool tab, in "remove" pert click "more" then find "remove all tex boxes" and enjoy!


Thank you so so so much bro I worked like a charm
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