Replacing MS Word’s quotation marks in VB.NET

When dealing with text pasted from Microsoft Word, the presence of “special” (read: non-ASCII) quotation marks and apostrophes can be quite troublesome. Here’s a simple way to convert them to “standard” (read: ASCII) quotation marks and apostrophes…

VB.NET Code:

myString = Regex.Replace(myString, "\u201C|\u201D", """")
myString = Regex.Replace(myString, "\u2018|\u2019", "'")

Obviously, this doesn’t handle all of Word’s annoying special characters; but it should get you off on the right foot.