I am building a tool that needs to do something to all the Word documents in a set of folders. There are other sorts of files in these folders so I need to filter the list. I didn’t want to hard code the file extensions that constitute Word documents because these change according to the version and will do so in future. So I decided to develop a function that is cross-version compatible.
To determine the documents that Microsoft Word can open and update
natively, I am using the
Filters collection from the
Application.FileDialog object which is available in Word version 2002
onwards. This is the list of extensions that can be selected in the File
Open dialog to filter the files that can be opened in Word. Seems to
work like a charm. For earlier versions, you’ll need to hardcode the