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Tom,

Please let me ask for your assistance. I have a long MS Word document consisting of ~400 questions that I am trying to semi-automate a process for extracting a summary of the answers.

For each question there is:
- a heading (e.g.: Question A1: Question A Heading)
- the question (variable length)
- a short (one word) answer (formatted: ANSWER: {answer})
Note the short answer can take one of five text values (e.g.: A, B, C, D or E)
- a detailed answer (variable length)

To facilitate automatic generation of a summary listing of the short answers for the entire document, I plan to have an Excel document with all ~400 question headings listed in Column A of Sheet1.

The planned process is:
1) Manually copy the entire document into Sheet2
2) Use VBA code to step through the listing in Column A of Sheet1
3) For each question heading in Sheet1, find the corresponding text in Sheet2 and copy the corresponding short answer into Sheet1.
Specifically:
(a) For a given question heading in Sheet1, Column A, find the corresponding text in Sheet2
(b) Search for the text "ANSWER:" that follows that question heading
(c) extract the one word answer that immediately follows "ANSWER:" and
(d) Copy that answer into the corresponding row in Sheet 1, Column B

I have VBA code, for example, that can pull capitalized strings from text copied into a worksheet, but I am trying to figure out how to adapt that.  

Thank you very much for any guidance you can lend.

Regards,

David

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David,

If you want to send me the excel file I will take a look.  Make sure you explain exactly what you want done.  If you think your above explanation is sufficient, then I will let you know what I don't understand if I disagree.  

send to twogilvy@msn.com


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Regards,
Tom Ogilvy

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