Take all underlined words, put in Excel column

I have a 100+ page Word document, that I would like to extract all of the underlined words from. I am very familiar with VBA and Excel, but relatively new to Word. I was wondering if this is the best way to do what I'm trying.

I will run this from my Word document:

Sub extractUnderlinedWords() Dim thisDoc As Word.Document Application.ScreenUpdating = False Dim appExcel As Object, oxlWbk As Object Dim FN      As String Dim aRange  As Range Dim intRowCount As Integer intRowCount = 1  Set thisDoc = ActiveDocument Set aRange = thisDoc.Range  Set appExcel = CreateObject("Excel.application") FN = "C:\Users\[blah]\UnderlinedWords.xlsx"  If FileExists(FN) Then     Set oxlWbk = appExcel.workbooks.Open(fileName:=FN).Sheets("Sheet1") End If  With aRange.Find     Do         .Font.Underline = True         .Execute         If .Found Then             '   aRange.Expand Unit:=wdSentence             '      aRange.Select             If Len(aRange) > 1 Then                 If Not aRange.InRange(thisDoc.TablesOfContents(1).Range) Then                     aRange.MoveEndWhile cset:=Chr(13), Count:=wdBackward                     '    aRange.Copy                     oxlWbk.Cells(intRowCount, 1).Value = aRange.Text                     aRange.Collapse wdCollapseEnd                     Debug.Print "Page: " & aRange.Information(wdActiveEndAdjustedPageNumber)                     '    aRange.Select                     If oxlWbk Is Nothing Then                         intRowCount = 1                     End If                     'oxlWbk.Cells(intRowCount, 1).Value = aRange.Text                     ' oxlWbk.Paste                     intRowCount = intRowCount + 1                 End If             End If         End If     Loop While .Found End With If Not oxlWbk Is Nothing Then     appExcel.workbooks(1).Close True     appExcel.Quit     Set oxlWbk = Nothing     Set appExcel = Nothing End If Set aRange = Nothing Application.ScreenUpdating = True MsgBox ("Done!") End Sub 

This does work, but after about page 14, it hangs up and "freezes" on me. Pressing CTRL+BREAK does nothing, except "unfocus" the application.

Should I instead, add all found words to an Array, then after it's done scanning the Word document, focus on Excel and outputting the parts of array row by row? I think perhaps what's causing the freeze is the jumping back and forth from Word to Excel. (Or, could it be that I'm using a Do/While loop?)

Again, the idea is to take all underlined words and put in an Excel sheet for reviewing.

Edit: I'm not married to the Excel idea. In the end I need it in Excel, but if there are other ideas (perhaps send data to .txt first, then open in Excel), I'm open to them!

Edit2: Following this answer, I tried creating a .txt file to do the same. It does work, as expected, but again, hangs up Word after about 4 pages. I've left it running for 10 minutes, and it isn't complete...

Edit3: I tried keeping this all within Word. I created a String Array, and when I found an underlined word, I just added that word to the array. However, this also gets to a point where it fails and just freezes.


In the Word document

  1. Click on an underlined word
  2. In the Home menu, in the Editing section, click Select > Select Text with Similar Formatting
  3. Copy
  4. Open Excel and paste

You may need to clean it up in Excel, but you don't need VBA to do this.

Take all underlined words, put in Excel column

Category: vba Time: 2016-07-28 Views: 0

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