preview word files

if there a way to read the body of a word file as plain text
and filter out all the characters like "

You have to use Word to do it easily and then run a search and replace routine to strip out unwanted characters:


Thanks Jon
I’m sorry but my post got chopped for some reason
it should have read:

I would like a soloution that doesn’t use Word as I will be using it as a subroutine in my application
thanks again