Word, PoSH and getting info on what can be used

by CarlWebster at 2013-02-04 09:38:24

I am using Jeff Hick’s Demoe-WordReport.ps1 Word PoSH sample code from http://jdhitsolutions.com/blog/2012/05/ … and-demos/ .

There is one line that is not working for non us-EN versions of Word 2007 or 2010 or 2013.

Here is my sample code to get the error.

$Word = New-Object -comobject “Word.Application”
$Word.Visible = $False
$WordVersion = $Word.Version
If ( $WordVersion -eq 12)
$BuildingBlocks=$word.Templates | Where {$.name -eq “Building Blocks.dotx”}
$BuildingBlocks=$word.Templates | Where {$
.name -eq “Built-In Building Blocks.dotx”}
#this line error out in say French Word 2013
$toc=$BuildingBlocks.BuildingBlockEntries.Item(“Automatic Table 2”)

The error received is:

Exception lors de l’appel de « Item » avec « 1 » argument(s) : « Le membre de la collection requis n’existe pas. »
Au niveau de C:\XA65_Inventory_V3_Signed.ps1 : 533 Caractère : 47
+ $toc=$BuildingBlocks.BuildingBlockEntries.Item <<<< (“Automatic Table 2”)
+ CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:slight_smile: [], MethodInvocationException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : ComMethodTargetInvocation

How do I find out what I can use for $BuildingBlocks.BuildingBlockEntries.Item()?

$x = $BuildingBlocks.BuildingBlockEntries
$x | gm

TypeName: System.__ComObject#{39709229-56a0-4e29-9112-b31dd067ebfd}

Name MemberType Definition
---- ---------- ----------
Add Method BuildingBlock Add (string, WdBuildingBlockTypes, string, Range, Variant, WdDocPartInsertOptions)
Item Method BuildingBlock Item (Variant)
Application Property Application Application () {get}
Count Property int Count () {get}
Creator Property int Creator () {get}
Parent Property IDispatch Parent () {get}

$x = $BuildingBlocks.BuildingBlockEntries.item
$x | gm

TypeName: System.Management.Automation.PSMethod

Name MemberType Definition
---- ---------- ----------
Copy Method System.Management.Automation.PSMemberInfo Copy()
Equals Method bool Equals(System.Object obj)
GetHashCode Method int GetHashCode()
GetType Method type GetType()
Invoke Method System.Object Invoke(Params System.Object[] arguments)
ToString Method string ToString()
IsInstance Property System.Boolean IsInstance {get;}
MemberType Property System.Management.Automation.PSMemberTypes MemberType {get;}
Name Property System.String Name {get;}
OverloadDefinitions Property System.Collections.ObjectModel.Collection`1[[System.String, mscorlib, Version=…
TypeNameOfValue Property System.String TypeNameOfValue {get;}
Value Property System.Object Value {get;set;}

Where do I go from here in finding out what “Automatic Table 2” is in the French version of Word?


by DonJ at 2013-02-04 10:31:26
As a note, please use the CODE button to format your code. It’s a lot easier to follow that way.

I’m unfortunately not able to read the non-English error, and I don’t have a non en-US system on which to test. So I’m guessing, here. My best suggestion is for you to consult the documentation for the COM object. It begins at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library … 80%29.aspx, and if there are any differences with non-US systems, those would have to be documented there or they’re not documented at all.
by CarlWebster at 2013-02-04 11:07:14
A friend pointed me in the right direction. This is what I came up with and it works.

$Entries = $BuildingBlocks.BuildingBlockEntries
$count = $entries.count
For($i = 1; $i -lt $count; $i++)
$entry = $entries.item($i).name
write-host $entry

I hope I am not going to hell for using write-host in this example! :slight_smile:

For us non programmers, figuring out this Word comObject stuff is not easy.