off2txt: extract text from Office files
Extracts ASCII/Unicode text from Office files to separate files.
Useful if you have a document containing two languages (e.g. English and Chinese) and you want to separate the languages into text files for further processing and analysis.
Supports Open XML file formats. That is, docx, pptx, and xlsx.
Word and PowerPoint files are extracted to text files. Excel files are extracted to CSV files, columns are preserved.
Can be used to make a CSV file from Excel without opening Excel.
Extract ASCII and Unicode Text From a Word Document
$ off2txt -s word.docx
The above will make two files: word-ascii.txt and word-unicode.txt
Extract ASCII and Unicode Text From an Excel Document
$ off2txt -s excel.xlsx
The above will make two files: excel-ascii.csv and excel-unicode.csv
If an extracted file would be empty, it is not created.
Excel is different. Columns are preserved. So may get a CSV file of empty columns. Cells are put in the extracted ASCII file if they containt ASCII only otherwise they are streamed to the Unicode file.
usage: off2txt [options] File [File ...] off2txt: extract ASCII/Unicode text from Office files to separate files positional arguments: File Files to extract from optional arguments: -h, --help show this help message and exit --version show program's version number and exit --debug Turn on debug logging. --debug-log FILE Save debug logging to FILE. -a EXTENSION, --ascii EXTENSION Identifier to append to input file name to make ASCII output file name when splitting Unicode and ASCII text. Default ascii. -d DIRECTORY, --directory DIRECTORY Save extracted text to DIRECTORY. Ignored if the -o option is given. -e EXTENSION, --extension EXTENSION Extension to use for extracted text files. Default for Word and PowerPoint is txt. Default for Excel is csv. -o FILE, --output FILE Save extracted text to FILE. If not given, the output file is named the same as the input file but with a txt extension. The extension can be changed with the -e option. Files are opened in append mode unless the -X option is given. -s, --split Split ASCII and Unicode text into two separate files. Unicode files are named by adding -unicode before the file extension. The Unicode identifer can be changed with the -u option. -u EXTENSION, --unicode EXTENSION Identifier to append to input file name to make Unicode output file name when splitting Unicode and ASCII text. Default unicode. -A, --suppress-file-access-errors Do not print file/directory access errors. -X, --overwrite-output-files Truncate output files before writing.
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