by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 1, 2017)
Anita is re-formatting a long document (over 300 pages) that was converted from PDF to Word. She has lots of experience with Word and styles and using Find and Replace to fix badly formatted documents. In this case there is a problem she can't figure out. The original document had horizontal lines in the header and footer that were converted to graphic lines in the Word document. She wants to delete all those graphic lines, but searching for ^g doesn't find them. Anita wonders if there is a way she can automate the removal of these graphic lines, as she'd rather not have to click and press Del 600+ times.
Since it appears that the PDF conversion process is adding the graphics to the header and footer, that means they are not easily "findable" by doing a regular Find and Replace. Instead, you'll want to use a macro to get rid of them. The following example looks only in the header and footer area and deletes any graphics that it finds there.
Sub FooterHeaderGraphicFind() Dim rStory As Range Dim i As Integer For Each rStory In ActiveDocument.StoryRanges If rStory.StoryType = wdPrimaryFooterStory Or _ rStory.StoryType = wdPrimaryHeaderStory Then For i = rStory.Shapes.Count To 1 Step -1 rStory.Shapes(i).Delete Next i End If Next rStory End Sub
Note that it deletes all the shapes in the header or footer, not just lines. (There is no way to differentiate the content of one graphic shape from another.)
Of course, there could be a much simpler way to handle the situation, without the need for a macro:
This approach should get rid of any type of graphic and formatting artifacts introduced into the document by the PDF conversion process. The result is a "clean" document that you can format any way you want. This approach is especially easy if you have implemented and can apply styles throughout the document.
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