I created a simple program that goes to a directory, counts the number of word files, plots them all to PDF and turns them into a single combined PDF, which is useful for me. I then used Py2exe to turn the program into a standalone executable, and it works fine, with the caveat that can't copy and paste, either with a mouse click or CTRL+V, this is a bit annoying if the directory is lengthy and has to be hand type. So when I run the code directly in Python Idle I can copy the directory and paste it, make it super fast, and that is what I want the stand alone to be able to do as well.
If it isn't obvious, I'm a beginner, so any assistance in the right direction would be appreciated.
Here is my program, which I run in Python 2.7:
from os import chdir, getcwd, listdir, path from time import strftime from win32com import client def count_files(filetype): ''' (str) -> int Returns the number of files given a specified file type. >>> count_files(".docx") 11 ''' count_files = 0 for files in listdir(folder): if files.endswith(filetype): count_files += 1 return count_files # Function "check_path" is used to check whether the path the user provided does # actually exist. The user is prompted for a path until the existence of the # provided path has been verified. def check_path(prompt): ''' (str) -> str Verifies if the provided absolute path does exist. ''' abs_path = raw_input(prompt) while path.exists(abs_path) != True: print "\nThe specified path does not exist.\n" abs_path = raw_input(prompt) return abs_path print "\n" folder = check_path("Provide absolute path for the folder: ") # Change the directory. chdir(folder) # Count the number of docx and doc files in the specified folder. num_docx = count_files(".docx") num_doc = count_files(".doc") # Check if the number of docx or doc files is equal to 0 (= there are no files # to convert) and if so stop executing the script. if num_docx + num_doc == 0: print "\nThe specified folder does not contain docx or docs files.\n" print strftime("%H:%M:%S"), "There are no files to convert. BYE, BYE!." exit() else: print "\nNumber of doc and docx files: ", num_docx + num_doc, "\n" print strftime("%H:%M:%S"), "Starting to convert files ...\n" # Try to open win32com instance. If unsuccessful return an error message. try: word = client.DispatchEx("Word.Application") for files in listdir(getcwd()): if files.endswith(".docx"): new_name = files.replace(".docx", r".pdf") in_file = path.abspath(folder + "\\" + files) new_file = path.abspath(folder + "\\" + new_name) doc = word.Documents.Open(in_file) print (strftime("%H:%M:%S"), " docx -> pdf ", path.relpath(new_file)) doc.SaveAs(new_file, FileFormat = 17) doc.Close() if files.endswith(".doc"): new_name = files.replace(".doc", r".pdf") in_file = path.abspath(folder + "\\" + files) new_file = path.abspath(folder + "\\" + new_name) doc = word.Documents.Open(in_file) print (strftime("%H:%M:%S"), " doc -> pdf ", path.relpath(new_file)) doc.SaveAs(new_file, FileFormat = 17) doc.Close() except Exception as e: print (e) finally: word.Quit() print "\n", strftime("%H:%M:%S"), "Finished converting files." # Count the number of pdf files. num_pdf = count_files(".pdf") print "\nNumber of pdf files: ", num_pdf # Check if the number of docx and doc file is equal to the number of files. if num_docx + num_doc == num_pdf: print "\nNumber of doc and docx files is equal to number of pdf files." else: print "\nNumber of doc and docx files is not equal to number of pdf files." # combinePdfs.py - Combines all the PDFs in the current working directory into # into a single PDF. import PyPDF2, os from PyPDF2 import PdfFileMerger, PdfFileReader # Get all the PDF filenames. pdfFiles =  for filename in os.listdir('.'): if filename.endswith('.pdf'): pdfFiles.append(filename) pdfFiles.sort(key=str.lower) # create merged(combined) PDF file pdfMerger =PyPDF2.PdfFileMerger() for filename in pdfFiles: pdfMerger.append(PdfFileReader(file(filename, 'rb'))) # Prompt for name of file CombinedName = raw_input("What is the file name: ") + ".pdf" pdfMerger.write(CombinedName) for i in range (0, len(pdfFiles)): print pdfFiles[i] print "\nCombined file",CombinedName, "created", "\n"