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Open a Word Document with CF

New Here ,
Jul 20, 2021 Jul 20, 2021

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Is there a way I can OPEN an MS Word document with CF? I don't want to CREATE one, but only open one that exists already (then let its Autoexec function do a whole lot of stuff with the document).

 

Thanks. -Dale

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Jul 20, 2021 Jul 20, 2021

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Yes, but it all depends on what you want ColdFusion to do with the .doc or .docx file. You can open an MS Word document in ColdFusion. In ColdFusion, rather than with ColdFusion. So, don't expect ColdFusion to run macros.

 

In ColdFusion, you could then use the Apache POI library, for example, to process MS Word documents. That is what Raymond Camden did over 10 years ago.

https://www.raymondcamden.com/2009/02/04/Reading-Office-documents-with-ColdFusion

 

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Jul 21, 2021 Jul 21, 2021

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Thanks for the response. I don't actually want to open a Word document in Coldfusion. I want Coldfusion to launch MS Word and load a specified document/file. Word will then take over processing the document's Autoexec macro. I don't think what I want is actually do-able in CF, but I want to confirm that.

Thanks again.
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Jul 24, 2021 Jul 24, 2021

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You could try something like:

<cfexecute name="C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe"

                  arguments="/c absolute-path-to-winword.exe absolute-path-to-SampleWordDoc.docx">
</cfexecute>

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