Importing Recipes From Word Documents
A helpful user sent this information on how to get recipes you have in a word document on your computer into your My Recipe Book App. Here is his explanation of how he does it. Thanks for sharing Ed.
A number of people have asked if there is a way to import recipes from Word into My Recipe Book. It turns out that it is actually quite straightforward to do this by using a few simple tricks. Note that this method works for one recipe at a time, just like importing a recipe from an online website, and assumes that your recipes are on a Mac or Windows PC. Here is how to do this.
1. You will need to start by installing a free application called Dropbox (www.dropbox.com) on your iPad and your Windows PC or Mac. Dropbox allows you to easily share files between different devices by just dragging them into a special folder called “Dropbox” on your Windows PC or Mac and instantly see these same files on your iPad (or iPhone). If the total size of all your shared recipe files is less than 2GB, Dropbox is free.
2. Once you have Dropbox installed in your Mac or Windows PC, drag all of your recipe Word documents to the Dropbox folder. Dropbox supports both DOC and DOCX file formats.
3. Start Dropbox on your iPad. You should immediately see all of your recipe files. If you select a recipe, Dropbox will display the recipe in essentially the same format is your original Word document. Select the recipe you want to import into My Recipe Book.
4. Next, press the Home button and start My Recipe Book on the iPad.
5. You are actually going to use the Custom Import feature to transfer the recipe into the App so start by selecting “Find Recipes Online” button. Once the Find Recipes screen is displayed, click the Custom Import button on the top of the screen. Note that you don’t actually have to select an online website to do this. This will bring up a blank ingredient list and a blank directions box as well as having additional fields to enter the recipe name, prep time, etc., just as if you were doing a normal custom import from an online website.
6. Switch back to Dropbox. The easiest way to do this is to use the multi-touch sideways swipe. You may have to figure out whether to swipe left or right the first time but this is a very easy way to switch between open applications on the iPad, in this case Dropbox and My Recipe Book.
7. Once you are in Dropbox, touch and hold the top left of your list of ingredients until you see the blue dots. Adjust the dots until all of your ingredients are highlighted and you will see a Copy button. Touch the Copy button to copy the list of ingredients.
8. Use the multi-touch sideways swipe in the other direction to return to My Recipe Book. Touch and hold the Ingredients box until you see a Paste button. Touch Paste and your list of ingredients will appear in the Ingredients box.
9. Return to Dropbox as before but this time select and copy the directions from your Word recipe. Return to My Recipe Book and paste in the directions.
10. Either retype the recipe title into My Recipe Book or use the same method to copy the recipe title from Dropbox to My Recipe App.
11. When you are done, fill in any additional information such as servings or prep time, do any required minor editing and reformatting and then save the recipe normally.
12. Repeat steps 5 through 11 for the rest of your Word formatted recipes.