WD97: Text With Layout Not Listed in EditConversionOptions Macro

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The option settings for the Text with Layout converter are not available when you use the EditConversionOptions macro in the Convert8.Wiz template.


You cannot use the EditConversionOptions macro to change how Word converts a Text with Layout document.

To change how Word converts a Text with Layout document, you will need to create a MSTXTCNV.INI (if one does not already exist) in WordPad with the following information, and then save it as a TXT file with the name of MSTXTCNV.INI in the Windows folder:
If there is a MSTXTCNV.INI file, open it in WordPad, type or change the information, and then save and close the file.

Once the MSTXTCNV.INI file exists in the Windows folder, the Text with Layout converter will use it when a Text with Layout file is saved or opened in Microsoft Word.


The MSTXTCNV.INI text file is used to modify how Word converts documents by changing the converter's filter options. For example, if you want to open a Text with Layout file in a point size of 14, you would need to modify the Text with Layout converter filter options for a point size of 14.

The following information defines each of the available settings within the TextLytConv section of the MSTXTCNV.INI file:

  • CharMaps=a,a

    Enter a Word character followed by a comma and the character you want to map this Word character to when saving as Text with Layout. Multiple mappings are separated by a semicolon. For example, a, b, and c can be mapped to A, B, and C by specifying "a,A;b,B;c,C" (without the quotation marks. The neutral default setting of "a,a" is provided as a syntax example.
  • Width=80

    Enter a value between 1 and 80 characters to specify the absolute maximum number of characters that can appear on one line when saving as Text with Layout. Specifying a lesser value allows full lines to be displayed on screens which display fewer than 80 characters per line. If the formatting in your Word document allows fewer characters per line, document formatting takes precedence over this setting.
  • PointSize=24

    Enter a point size to control the number of characters that fit per line. Specifying a value lower than 12 allows more characters to fit on each line, and can be used to prevent premature line wrapping in a text file.
This functionality is different as compared to Microsoft Word 6.x or 7.x. The EditConversionOptions macro in these earlier versions enabled you to change the Text with Layout converter's filter options from within Microsoft Word.

For information about how to access the EditConversionOptions macro within Convert8.wiz, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
162490 WD97: How to Access Sample Macros for Word 97


Article ID: 172385 - Last Review: October 7, 2013 - Revision: 1.2
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
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