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Old 05-20-2020, 12:54 PM
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I am involved in a project to update old applications which make liberal use of batch files, many of which open text files with Word2003 e.g. .TXT, .LOG etc.



These files do not open with the same template as the default Office template or the user-modified template, nor any of the other defined templates. Searching the forum and the web about the format Word uses to open non-DOC files has been unsuccessful.

LOG files can have very long lines, and are more readable when the formatting is with slim margins, a smaller font size, and Landscape orientation.

Does anyone know if there is a way to modify the format that Word uses when opening non-DOC files?


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In a word, no. You can, of course, change the page layout once the documents are open.
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In a word, no. You can, of course, change the page layout once the documents are open.

Much appreciated, not the answer I wanted of course...
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Old 05-29-2020, 11:52 PM
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Why not include an autoopen macro in Normal's Document Module or an addin that checks to see the file extension and changes the page setup if it hits one of the triggers?
Code:
Sub Document_Open()
  On Error GoTo FailWithGrace
  Select Case Split(lcase(ActiveDocument.Name), ".")(1)
    Case "txt", "log"
      With ActiveDocument.PageSetup
        .LineNumbering.Active = False
        .Orientation = wdOrientLandscape
        .TopMargin = CentimetersToPoints(1)
        .BottomMargin = CentimetersToPoints(1)
        .LeftMargin = CentimetersToPoints(1)
        .RightMargin = CentimetersToPoints(1)
        .Gutter = CentimetersToPoints(0)
        .HeaderDistance = CentimetersToPoints(1)
        .FooterDistance = CentimetersToPoints(1)
        .PageWidth = CentimetersToPoints(29.7)
        .PageHeight = CentimetersToPoints(21)
        .FirstPageTray = wdPrinterDefaultBin
        .OtherPagesTray = wdPrinterDefaultBin
        .SectionStart = wdSectionNewPage
        .OddAndEvenPagesHeaderFooter = False
        .DifferentFirstPageHeaderFooter = False
        .VerticalAlignment = wdAlignVerticalTop
        .SuppressEndnotes = False
        .MirrorMargins = False
        .TwoPagesOnOne = False
        .BookFoldPrinting = False
        .BookFoldRevPrinting = False
        .BookFoldPrintingSheets = 1
        .GutterPos = wdGutterPosLeft
      End With
  End Select
FailWithGrace:
End Sub
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Old 05-30-2020, 12:22 AM
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Thank you



You are taking me into a new realm of functionality, very much appreciated.
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Somewhat simpler and, perhaps, more effective:
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Sub Document_Open()
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
Dim i As Long
With ActiveDocument
  Select Case Split(LCase(.Name), ".")(1)
    Case "txt", "log"
      For i = 1 To Application.Templates.Count
        If Application.Templates(i).Name = "Normal.dotm" Then
          .AttachedTemplate = Application.Templates(i)
          Exit For
        End If
      Next
      .PageSetup.PaperSize = .AttachedTemplate.PageSetup.PaperSize
      .PageSetup.Orientation = wdOrientLandscape
      .PageSetup.TopMargin = CentimetersToPoints(0.6)
      .PageSetup.BottomMargin = CentimetersToPoints(0.6)
      .PageSetup.LeftMargin = CentimetersToPoints(0.6)
      .PageSetup.RightMargin = CentimetersToPoints(0.6)
      .Range.Font.Size = 10
  End Select
End With
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub
For PC macro installation & usage instructions, see: Installing Macros
For Mac macro installation & usage instructions, see: Word:mac - Install a Macro
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I'm not sure how those modifications achieve the OPs stated aims.

Why would you need the loop to verify Normal.dotm is an active template before attaching it? Is it possible to have Word (2007 or later) open without Normal.dotm also active? I would assume anytime you open a plain text file in Word, by default it has Normal.dotm attached anyway - could it conceivably be anything else?

Then why do you want to import Normal's margins when the user wanted a small margin layout and didn't say they wanted the same margins as Normal.dotm. This misses the 'landscape' requirement too.

We have both ignored the 'smaller font' requirement which might call for a template attachment and refreshing styles. It appeared in my testing that the text had the Plain Text style applied so maybe it is as simple as changing that style.
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Somewhere behind the scenes, Word uses a built-in specification for the page layout of plain text files, not those specified in Normal.dotm.
As the OP observed:
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These files do not open with the same template as the default Office template or the user-modified template, nor any of the other defined templates.
My code simply ensures Normal.dotm is attached, then applies that template's page layout. I missed the bit about margins, orientation and font size, which I've now rectified.
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