well it's working on my pc and laptop now. whe ni open 2003 ms word it works. but no luck with 2007. i thought it would work since they said 97-2007. well at least i got it to work. i went tback to using exe4j and this time i added the jar file (generated by ide) and the 2 jar files from poi and it worked just as well. guess that answers my question then.
alas 2007 isn't supported. either that or im doing something wrong again
Any thoughts btw? When I enter the location of the ms 2007 docx file, it shows nothing. but when i show it a doc created by 2003 it shows me whts inside.
EDIT: im here now reading webpage
and it says that i need a diff package for 2007? instead of hwpf i need xwpf. but i cant find it when i type the import line. import org.apache.poi.xwpf doesnt exist >.>
EDIT: found it! i totlaly forgot that for the import lines to work i needed to right click on the prj-properties-libraries-add jar/folder. the jar file needed for 2007 is poi-ooxml-3.8-beta3-20110606.jar
well this was fun. We all learned something. Thank for your help. And yes, it's still in it's early stages. The method I use to print the contents doesn't help me if I wanted to get them one line at a time so I need to write some workaround code.