Jan 7, 2007

How To Remove Frames From Word Document

When you scan a document with OmniPage Pro or any other related softwares or convert your PDF document into word document, the word document contains multiple frames. Frames make the document next to impossible to edit the new document because all text is placed inside frames. We need to remove those frames if we want to edit the document. There are two approaches to tackle the problem. One is to remove all the frames from the document at once or remove individual frame one by one. Removing individual frame is easy. You have to right click on the edge of the frame and select Remove Frame option. That will only remove single frame. This will be too much of wastage of time. So another approach is to remove all the frames at once. Please follow the steps below:

Approach 1:

>> Open the file which has frames in MS Word

>> Save the file as a Plain text file. (As seen in the screenshot)

>> Open the new text file you have just saved in Notepad or WordPad or some other text editor.

>> Now Select all the text by pressing Ctrl+A, Copy and paste that into a New MS Word file. Then Save it with any name you want. Frames are gone.

Approach 2:

Another approach is to copy everything in the Word document (i.e. File containing Frames), paste all the text into WordPad, copy all the text in the WordPad document, and paste it back into the Word document. This is done because WordPad doesn't support frames and it will get rid of frames. This round trip approach will remove all the frames.

Approach 3:

Select the entire document (i.e File with Frames) by pressing Ctrl+A, and then press Ctrl+Q. This will set every paragraph back to its default condition.

All the approaches taken above will reset the page setup and alignments so you have to take care of the Page setup in new world document.

17 comments:

  1. I was banging my head against the wall to solve this and I never knew that it was so simple. I was changing the pdf files to word documents using acrobat and it was creating frames. I used the third approach to get rid of the problem. Thank you for the tip.

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  2. Thank you, thank you! I have struggled with trying to edit .pdf documents saved into Word for a long time and always have been tripped up by the resulting frames. What a relief not to have to do this any more.

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  3. Excellent article...Just what I needed. Thank you!

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  4. Great man!! Excellent work. And at the end Thank you very much.

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  5. I must be really stupid, but this doesn't work in Word 2007. Approach 1 results in an empty text document. With Approach 2 there is nothing in the clipboard to paste. Ctrl+Q (Approach 3) doesn't do anything.

    I've got a 73 page word document (converted from PDF) with every paragraph in its own text frame. I need to convert all the text inside the text boxes to normal text, not frames. Any help?!!!

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  6. thank you....
    it helped me in right time....

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  7. i have a word file which was exported from crystal report 9 and a lot of frmes in that . i tried all ur theree options but didnt help. if u have anything more pls help me. my mail is vijoshkv@hotmail.com

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  8. I love whoever wrote this! You just fixed my very large problem. Thank you!

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  9. @Quintin Seegers - do you mean Word 2007 on a Mac? On mine control-q = quit, and command -q doesn't do anything. The remove Frames command isn't included in the menus, but you can go into your toolbar settings and add it, or search for it under HELP and run it from there.

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  10. Thanks for the info. I am scanning with ReadIris Pro and saving as Word 2007. I have Word 2010 and when I use ctrl+A, it automatically removed the frames! easy peasy

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  11. Cntrl+Q = Command+Option+Q in Word 2008 for Mac.

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  12. This only works if you are happy to lose not just the frames but the content inside the frames.

    Probably better off printing out the PDF, scanning it and then fiddling with the formatting of the scanned input.

    OCR from the scanner seems to make a better job of reliably and usefully formatting documents then reading PDFs does.

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  13. Thank you! Ctrl A and Ctrl Q worked like a charm on my 5 page document, page set up and some minor reformatting is nothing compared to the work I would have to do cutting and pasting out of each individual frames.

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  14. Thank You so much!!!!!! you have no idea how many time i just save.!!!

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  15. Thank you.
    In word 2010, when you past, selecting keep text only option will do the trick.

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  16. Thank you very much. You saved my lot of time. :)

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