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Problem extracting multiple Textboxs from Shape


I’m having some trouble to extract multiple textboxes from a single Drawing Shape. I’m using the following code to do so:

foreach (Node shapeNode in shape.ChildNodes)


Paragraph paragraph = (Paragraph)shapeNode;

foreach (Run run in paragraph.ChildNodes)


if (run != null && run.HasInnerText)


String text = run.Text;


The question is: how can I make sure that the text I’m getting is from a Drawing Shape with a single textbox or if there are more than one textboxes inside that Drawing Shape? Because when testing with my doc both situations showed the same behavior, so I couldn’t tell the difference.

I’m attaching the doc I just mentioned. Just to make it clear, I wanna know in the extracting process that the paragraph “Textbox2 line1” is in a different Textbox than “Textbox1 line1” and “Textbox1 line2”

Please help!

Hi<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Thanks for your request. Please try using the following code:

//Open document

Document doc = new Document(@"Test025\in.doc");

//Get shapes from the document

NodeCollection shapes = doc.GetChildNodes(NodeType.Shape, true);

int txtCounter = 0;

string text = string.Empty;

//loop through all shapes

foreach (Shape sp in shapes)


if (sp.ShapeType == ShapeType.TextBox)


text += String.Format("TextBox #{0} : {1} \n", txtCounter, sp.ToTxt());





Hope this helps.

Best regards.

That’s what I was looking. Thx a lot!