Class FileConverter (Word VBA)

The class FileConverter represents a file converter that's used to open or save files. The FileConverter object is a member of the FileConverters collection. The FileConverters collection contains all the installed file converters for opening and saving files.

To use a FileConverter class variable it first needs to be instantiated, for example

Dim fcr as FileConverter
Set fcr = FileConverters(Index:=1)

FileConverter class variables can be set using the FileConverters.Item procedure.

For Each

Here is an example of processing the FileConverter items in a collection.

Dim fcr As FileConverter
For Each fcr In FileConverters
	 If fcr.CanOpen = True Then MsgBox fcr.OpenFormat & vbCr & fcr.FormatName
Next fcr


True if the specified file converter is designed to open files.

The CanSave property returns True if the specified file converter can be used to save (export) files.

If FileConverters(1).CanOpen = True Then 
 MsgBox FileConverters(1).FormatName & " can open files" 
End If


True if the specified file converter is designed to save files.

The CanOpen property returns True if the specified file converter can be used to open (import) files.

Dim lngSaveFormat As Long 
If Application.FileConverters("WordPerfect6x").CanSave = _ 
 True Then 
 lngSaveFormat = _ 
 ActiveDocument.SaveAs FileName:="C:\Document.wp", _ 
End If


Returns a unique name that identifies the file converter.

MsgBox "ClassName= " & FileConverters(1).ClassName & vbCr _ 
 & "FormatName= " & FileConverters(1).FormatName


Returns the file name extensions associated with the specified FileConverter object.

Dim fcTemp As FileConverter 
Set fcTemp = FileConverters(1) 
MsgBox "The file name extensions for " & fcTemp.FormatName _ 
 & " files are: " & fcTemp.Extensions


Returns the name of the specified file converter.

The format names appear in the Save as type box in the Save As dialog box (File menu).

MsgBox FileConverters(1).FormatName


Returns name of the specified object.

Dim strName As String
strName = FileConverters(1).Name


Returns the file format of the specified file converter.

This property can be any valid WdOpenFormat constant, or it can be a unique number that represents an external file converter.

For Each fc In FileConverters 
 If fc.CanOpen = True Then _ 
 MsgBox fc.OpenFormat & vbCr & fc.FormatName 
Next fc


Returns the disk or Web path to the specified object.

The path doesn't include a trailing character — for example, "C:\MSOffice" or "https://MyServer". Use the PathSeparator property to add the character that separates folders and drive letters. Use the Name property to return the file name without the path. You can create the full name of a file converter by concatenating the Path, PathSeparator, and Name properties.

Dim strPath As String
strPath = FileConverters(1).Path


Returns the file format of the specified document or file converter.

This property returns a unique number that specifies an external file converter or a WdSaveFormat constant. Use the value of the SaveFormat property for the FileFormat argument of the SaveAs2 method to save a document in a file format for which there isn't a corresponding WdSaveFormat constant.

Sub FileConverterList() 
 Dim cnvFile As FileConverter 
 Dim docNew As Document 
 'Create a new document and set a tab stop 
 Set docNew = Documents.Add 
 docNew.Paragraphs.Format.TabStops.Add _ 
 'List all the converters in the FileConverters collection 
 With docNew.Content 
 .InsertAfter "Name" & vbTab & "Number" 
 For Each cnvFile In FileConverters 
 If cnvFile.CanSave = True Then 
 .InsertAfter cnvFile.FormatName & vbTab & _ 
 End If 
 End With 
End Sub