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WD: GetText$ Encloses Fields in Pipe (Vertical Bar) Characters


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 6.0, 6.0a, 6.0c
  • Microsoft Word for Windows 95, version 7.0
  • Microsoft Word for the Macintosh, versions 6.0, 6.0.1


If you use the GetText$() WordBasic function to return a text string that contains a field in Word for Windows, and field codes are turned on, GetText$() may return the field text enclosed in pipe characters (|). For example, GetText$() might return the following string for a SYMBOL field:

   |Symbol 255| 

With field codes turned off, Word may return the field result enclosed in pipe characters (|).


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Turn off field codes and use the CleanString$() function to remove the unwanted characters. The following sample macro demonstrates this workaround. (Turn off Field Codes view before you run this macro.)

   Sub Main
      x$ = String$(55, "x")
      Insert X$
      CharRight 5
      InsertField .Field = "symbol 255"
      Result$ = CleanString$(GetText$(0, 30))
      Insert Result$
   End Sub 


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


GetText$() does not return hidden text that is not displayed, even though Word counts hidden characters when determining the range of text to return. Although GetText$() can be handy if you need to return document text without changing the selection, special document elements such as fields, tables, and page breaks within the specified range can produce unpredictable results.

For information about how to do this in Word 97, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

Q161691 Extraneous Characters Returned With ViewFieldCodes On

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Technology : kbHWMAC kbOSMAC kbWordSearch kbWordMacSearch kbWord700Search kbZNotKeyword2 kbWord600Mac kbWord601Mac kbWord600 kbWord600a kbWord600c kbWord700

Last Reviewed: December 30, 2000
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