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Hidden Hyperlinks when loading MS-Word DOC/DOCX, or from MS-Word generalted .RTF files.

Solution

This article applies to TeleScript AV and TeleScript ProNEWS

When a script containing hidden text, such as a URL inserted by MS-Word, is read into TeleScript Software, either by directly loading the DOC/DOCX file, .RTF format, then the Windows application text handling library will dutifully maintain the hidden URL. However, a bug in the library will not handle the hidden text predictably, leading to predictably unpredictable results.

Consequently, hidden hyperlinks and other hidden text should be removed from doc files prior to saving for teleprompter. To do this from Word:

  1. Save a backup copy of the original document.
  2. Remove hyperlinks – press <Ctrl+A> (select all text), then <Ctrl+Shift+F9>.
  3. <pNext, remove all hidden text - from the "Office Button", select "Prepare", then "Inspect".
  4. From the Inspect Dialog, check all items that apply, but specifically "Hidden text".
  5. Click the "remove all" button for any DOC/DOCX specific items that should be removed from a generally shared document – headers, footers, personal data, hidden text, etc.
  6. Save the revised document, either as a DOC/DOCX file, or as an RTF file.

You can use the attached .DOC/.DOCX example file, "TeleScript Software and Hidden Text from DOC.docx", which contains a hidden URL, to test this procedure.

If you can't remove the hidden text from the Word file, then you can "Unhide" all the text in the resultant TeleScript Software file as described here.

TeleScript AV Ver 7.3.1.024 and higher

With no selection made, from the top level menu, select Format/Attribute/Unhidden. You can then search for "http:" to find URLS and remove the text.

TeleScript ProNEWS Ver 6.2.1.042 and higher

From the Script Editing menu, select Text/Attribute/Unhide all. Then search for "http:" and remove the text. Save the script and continue.

TeleScript AV (previous Gold versions)

  1. Load the file into TeleScript AV
  2. Press <Ctrl+A> to select the entire script
  3. From the menu, select Format/Attribute/Hidden. Don't panic... this will hide the entire script... don't press any other keys yet.
  4. Again, from the menu, select Format/Attribute/Hidden.... this will reshow the entire script. It looks the same, but all the hidden characters are now shown.
  5. Press <Ctrl+Home> to return to the beginning of the script and de-select the text.
  6. Press <Ctrl+Shift+V> to inverse the entire script.

TeleScript ProNEWS (previous Gold versions)

  1. Load the file into TeleScript Pro and click on the script window.
  2. Press <Ctrl+A> to select the entire script
  3. From the script edit menu, select Text/Attribute/Hidden. Don't panic... this will hide the entire script... don't press any other keys yet.
  4. Again, from the menu, select Text/Attribute/Hidden.... this will reshow the entire script. It looks the same, but all the hidden characters are now shown.
  5. Press <Ctrl+Home> to return to the beginning of the script and de-select the text.
  6. Press <Ctrl+Shift+V> to inverse the entire script.

Attachments:
TeleScript-Software-and-Hidden-Text-from-DOC.docx TeleScript-Software-and-Hidden-Text-from-DOC.docx

 
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