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Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Blog | 16 comments

Importing Recipes From Word Documents

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.

16 Comments

  1. Hi,

    Surely there is a way to import recipes from an existing cook book program in an automated way? Some of us have been doing this electronic cookbook thing for 20 years, you know!

    I have ‘Home Cookin’ from Mountain Software which is an old Windows program. Simple but very useful but time moves on and I have adopted Apple now, both within the house and without. I have about 400 recipes (most with photos) so, it isn’t going to be wildly practical to transfer them one by one using the above method. Ideally, a delimited import facility is what’s needed and I would swallow updating the photos one at a time, as laborious as this would be.

    Regards, Martin Winlow.

  2. can I save pdf files? jpeg?

  3. This also works for PDF files as well. Thanks for this! I was not looking forward to typing in all my recipes.

    Now you need to work on a desktop synced version.

  4. It’s fine, but I’d sure be happier with a little desktop app I could use to SEND recipes for easy import….. If you have dozens or hundreds of recipes, this is a long process

  5. Hi I absolutely love this program but have encountered a major problem (for me anyway) I have two ipads I have entered approx 1500 recipes on the ipad my hubby is now using but the recipes do not autonatically show on my other ipad when I do a backup yes it will import the recipes but not the images, when you attempt to add the folder of images it selects them all seperately but will not add them to your images folder I have tried everything and really would like a solution to this please do not send me to the backup restore details I have tried and I am extremely tech savvy , wondering why other users have not picked up on this problem

  6. I have a lot of hand written recipes I have collected over the years, all on index cards.
    Is there a way to scan those in, would hate to retype all that, thanks
    Ruby

  7. Amy idea as to hoy to import recipes from Living Cookbook?
    Living Cookbook exports Fdxz, Fdxz, html

  8. For Mac users: If you don’t have Dropbox, you can copy to Notes in Mac, and then copy and paste from notes to My recipe book in iPad.

  9. Thanks for this tip.
    If I’ve got a photo to go with the recipe. How do I get that in from DropBox. I can copy it, but I can’t find a way to paste it in My Recipe.
    Tim

  10. I’ve installed Dropbox on my PC and iPad, but after dragging-and-dropping recipes from Word, the recipes can’t be opened–the screen shows just an icon with the recipe name and size of the file. What am I doing wrong?

  11. This was helpful, thanks! It would be really awesome if your website had a way for us to sign into our accounts from our desktop computers or laptops, as another option for adding recipes.

  12. Okay, cool. I’ll have to try this with .pdfs in iBooks. I have a few manuals for mixers and such that have recipes in the manuals.

    Thanx for such a handy program, we use it virtually everyday.

  13. This works pretty well with PDFs from iBooks. I am importing recipes from Breville manuals. Some of the fractions aren’t imported right, and some of the directions get split, but it’s all there. A lot quicker than doing one at a time. Just double check the fractions if you try this.

    Thanx again for a great app!

  14. My app disappeared! How do I get back all my lost recipes?

  15. I just bought this app for my iPhone and it’s really frustrating that is does not have all of these features and capabilities. I really want to be able to add websites and typed recipes to organize them all on my phone. When will these capabilities be available for the iPhone?

  16. This is wonderful! Thank you so much!

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