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.NET MAUI Word Library Overview

Syncfusion Essential DocIO is a feature-rich and high-performance .NET MAUI Word library that allows you to add advanced Word document processing functionalities to any .NET MAUI application. It allows you to create, read, and edit Word documents programmatically without Microsoft Office or interop dependencies. It allows you to create complex reports by merging data from various data sources using its powerful mail merge engine. This library also provides functionalities for merging, splitting, organizing Word documents and finding and replacing text with ease.

Overview diagram of .NET MAUI Library.


General Information

Powerful and Comprehensive API

All the elements of a typical Word document like text, formatting, images, tables, sections, headers, and footers are accessible through a comprehensive set of APIs. It only takes a few lines of code to create or manipulate richly formatted Word documents.

Supported File Formats

Create, read, and edit popular text file formats like DOC, DOT, DOCM, DOTM, DOCX, DOTX, HTML, RTF, TXT, and XML (WordML). Convert Word documents also to PDF, and ODT files.

Start Reports with Word and Finish with DocIO

Design reports using Microsoft Word and use DocIO to dynamically populate them with data. The final report can then be saved to a Word file or exported to other supported formats like PDF.


Mail Merge

Simple mail merge using .NET MAUI Word Library.

Simple Mail Merge

Performs mail merge by repeating the entire document automatically for every record in the data source. Multiple documents can also be created from a Word template.

Group mail merge using .NET MAUI Word library.

Group Mail Merge

Performs mail merge by repeating a particular region of the document automatically for every record in the data source.

Nested mail merge using .NET MAUI Word library.

Nested Mail Merge

Generates complex reports by repeating nested region of document with relational data.

Data sources for performing mail merge.

Data Sources

Populate the template Word document with data from common data sources like arrays, IEnumerable collection, dynamic objects, XML, etc.

Format the merged data during mail merge.

Formatting

Format the merged text, numeric values, and date-times automatically with the help of field switches.

Merge images during mail merge.

Images

When the prefix “image:” is added to the merge field name, it places the image in the merge field.

Mail merge events to customize the merged data.

Mail Merge Events

Customizes the document during mail merge by formatting and editing the merged text, numeric data, and image data with mail merge events, and also the layout of the document by inserting breaks.

Options to customize mail merge functionality.

Mail Merge Options

Supports mail merge options like mapping merge fields with fields in a data source, retrieving merge field names, and removing merge fields that are not merged, empty paragraphs, and empty groups.


For more information, check out our mail merge features.


Document Elements

Sections in Word documents.

Section

Organize the document contents with sections for grouping contents and making the contents start on a new page, odd page, even page, or continue on the same page.

Header and footer in Word documents.

Add information like title, author, branding, or page number to repeat it at the top and bottom of every page. Use many header and footer types such as different first page and different odd and even pages.

Text in Word documents.

Text

Create or edit documents in supported languages. Use left-to-right and right-to-left text.

Images in Word documents.

Images

Insert images in a document with all the common layout options like text wrapping, positioning, and sizing. Use all common image formats like PNG, BMP, JPEG, TIFF, GIF, EMF, WMF, SVG, etc.

Bookmarks in Word documents.

Bookmarks

Create and insert bookmarks to identify parts of the document for future reference.

Hyperlinks in Word documents.

Create a link in a document for quick access to webpages, files, email, bookmarks, etc.

Fields in Word documents.

Fields

Add dynamic information like title, time, and page number in a Word document that update automatically. Update commonly used fields like merge field, IF field, date-time, page number, document properties, etc.

Text boxes in Word documents.

Text Boxes

Showcase important text or quotes in a document within a text box. Insert and edit text. Format and remove an existing text box.

Shapes in Word documents.

Shape

Add predefined shapes in Word open XML format documents (DOCX, DOTX, DOCM, DOTM, Word XML). Insert and edit text. Format and remove an existing shape.

Charts in Word documents.

Chart

Graphically represent a set of data with common chart types like column, line, pie, and bar in Word open XML format documents (DOCX, DOTX, DOCM, DOTM, Word XML). Add and modify data, titles, axes, data labels, legends, trendlines, etc. Format and remove an existing chart.

OLE objects in Word documents.

OLE Objects

Embed all the common file formats within a Word document. Extract the embedded OLE object data from a Word document and save its native file format.

Footnote and endnote in Word documents.

Footnote and Endnote

Additional information like detailed descriptions, references, or credits can be added at the end of each page and document. Edit and remove an existing note from a document.

Properties of a Word document.

Document Properties

Reads and writes document information with built-in document properties. Also, supports custom document properties and document variables.

Accessible Word document.

Accessible Document

Create accessible Word documents with 508-standard compliance with directly accessible elements like text and tables. Set alternate text for all graphical elements like images, text boxes, shapes, and charts.


Formatting

Text formatting in Word documents.

Text Formatting

Customize the appearance of text with several text-level formatting options, like: font family, size, style, underline, strikethrough, text color, highlight, subscript, superscript.

Paragraph formatting in Word documents.

Paragraph Formatting

Customize the appearance of a paragraph with several paragraph-level formatting options, like: indents, alignment, spacing, tab stops, text direction, etc.

Bullets and numbering in Word documents.

Bullets and Numbering

Organize items or create an outline of the document with bullets and numbering ranging from single-level to multilevel lists.

Page settings in Word documents.

Page Settings

Design the structure and layout of document pages with several properties like size, margins, orientation, columns, line numbers, borders, page background, watermarks, etc.

Styles in Word document.

Styles

Create and apply styles to ensure consistency within a document. Use predefined and custom character styles, paragraph styles, and predefined table styles.


Tables

Create, insert, and delete tables in a document. Use nested tables, too.

Edit tables in Word documents.

Edit

Edit a table in a document by merging cells, adding or removing cells and rows, resizing cells, etc.

Format tables in Word documents.

Format

Format a table with several properties like indent, alignment, cell margins and spacing, borders, shadings, repeat header row, break row across pages.

Table styles in Word documents.

Styles

Give a polished look to tables by applying built-in styles and conditional styling options like first row, last row, banded rows, first column, last column, and banded columns.


Edit and Organize

Copy and paste contents in Word documents.

Copy and Paste

Copy part of a document and insert that part into the same or a different document with several formatting options like using destination styles and keeping source formatting. Use common paste options like those in Microsoft Word.

Edit bookmark contents in Word documents.

Edit Bookmark Contents

Navigate to a bookmark in the document and insert, edit, retrieve, or delete its content. Replace the bookmarked contents with text, a part of a document, or an entire document.

Merge multiple Word documents.

Merge

Merges multiple documents into a single document with several formatting options like using destination styles, keeping source formatting, etc.

Split Word documents into multiple small documents.

Split

Split a document into multiple small documents based on sections, placeholder text, or any document element.


Find and Replace

Find text in Word documents.

Find Text

Find text by matching whole words, then highlight or format it. Find text patterns using regular expressions.

Replace text in Word documents.

Advanced Replace

Replace the text or text pattern with another piece of text, a part of a document, or an entire document. Retain source or target formatting.


Table of Contents

Create, insert, and edit a table of contents (TOC) to outline the contents of a document. Update or rebuild the TOC after modifying an existing Word document. Build a TOC based on headings with custom styles, including page numbers, and hyperlinks for easy navigation.


Content Controls

Design forms using content controls in Word documents.

Design Forms

Create and insert content controls like plain text, rich text, pictures, checkboxes, combo boxes, dropdown lists, and date pickers in Word Open XML Format documents (DOCX, DOTX, DOCM, DOTM, Word XML). Group parts of a document with block content controls.

Restrict editing the content of a content control.

Restrict Editing

Protect the content of a content control from being edited by locking its content. Also prevent deleting a content control from the document.

Bind the content control with XML elements.

Binding

Bind content controls to an element in a custom XML part that is embedded in a document.


Form Filling

Form filling with form fields in Word documents.

Form Fields

Create fillable forms with legacy form fields in Word documents. Fill the form fields and extract filled data from them effortlessly.

Form filling with content controls in Word documents.

Content Controls

Create more functional forms with content controls like plain text, rich text, pictures, checkboxes, combo boxes, dropdown lists, and date pickers in Word Open XML Format documents. Fill the form and extract filled data from the content controls effortlessly.


Review

Comments in Word documents.

Comments

Create and insert comments in a document to add notes about a part of the document while reviewing. Edit and remove comments from a document.

Accept and reject changes in Word documents.

Accept and Reject Changes

Accept and reject changes that are tracked within a Word document.


Feature Matrix

Document Content Features WORD 97-2003 WORD 2007-2016 RTF
Create a Word document from scratch or edit an existing Word document. Yes Yes Yes
Open an existing Word document from file system or stream. Yes Yes Yes
Save the Word document to file system, stream, or stream it to the client browser. Yes Yes Yes
Create, access, and modify paragraphs and text. Yes Yes Yes
Create, access, and modify tables, rows, and cells. Yes Yes Yes
Create, access, and modify hyperlinks. Yes Yes Yes
Create, access, and modify bookmarks. Yes Yes Yes
Access, create, and modify document sections, headers, and footers. Yes Yes Yes
Find and replace text. Yes Yes Yes
Iterate over document content. Yes Yes Yes
Copy and move document elements between documents. Yes Yes Yes
Merge multiple Word documents. Yes Yes Yes
Create, access, and modify table of contents. Yes Yes Yes
Rebuild and update table of contents. Yes Yes Yes
Create, access, and modify fields. Yes Yes Yes
Update fields such as IF, Formula, and other popular field types. Yes Yes No
Insert watermarks. Yes Yes No
Create, access, and modify comments. Yes Yes Yes
Access and modify built-in document properties. Yes Yes Yes
Access and modify custom document properties. Yes Yes Yes
Create, access, and modify form fields. Yes Yes Yes
Create, access, and modify footnotes and endnotes. Yes Yes Yes
Create, access, and modify structured document tags (content controls). - Yes -
Bind content controls to custom XML parts (XML mapping). - Yes -
Accept or delete a particular revision or all the revisions in a document. Yes Yes No
Create, access, and modify OLE objects from the document. Yes Yes No
Insert HTML text. Yes Yes Yes
Mail Merge WORD 97-2003 WORD 2007-2016 RTF
Create, access, and modify merge fields. Yes Yes Yes
Retrieve mail merge field names. Yes Yes Yes
Insert images during mail merge. Yes Yes Yes
Event handling during mail merge process to apply formatting. Yes Yes Yes
Perform mail merge on documents that contain complex merge fields. Yes Yes Yes
Perform mail merge for a specified region. Yes Yes Yes
Perform mail merge on reports that contain relational details (parent-child data). Yes Yes Yes
Perform mail merge from any .NET data source such as string array, DataSet, DataTable, DataView, DataReader. Yes Yes Yes
Perform mail merge from any data source such as IEnumerable collection and dynamic objects. Yes Yes Yes
Document Formatting WORD 97-2003 WORD 2007-2016 RTF
Support for character formatting including font size, font color, font name, bold, italic, underline, etc. Yes Yes Yes
Support for paragraph formatting including line spacing, alignment, indentation, spacing before and after, keep follow, etc. Yes Yes Yes
Support for bulleted and numbered list formatting including numbering and levels. Yes Yes Yes
Support for table formatting including alignment, borders, and shading. Yes Yes Yes
Access and modify all section properties including paper size, margins, and orientation. Yes Yes Yes
Access, create, and modify paragraph styles. Yes Yes Yes
Support for applying predefined table styles. No Yes No
Find and Replace WORD 97-2003 WORD 2007-2016 RTF
Find a specific word or phrase. Yes Yes Yes
Find a specified pattern using a regular expression. Yes Yes Yes
Replace text with other text or part of a document’s contents. Yes Yes Yes
Replace text while retaining the same formatting. Yes Yes Yes
Bookmarks WORD 97-2003 WORD 2007-2016 RTF
Create and manipulate bookmarks. Yes Yes Yes
Navigate to a specific bookmark. Yes Yes Yes
Retrieve document contents between specified bookmarks and merge to an existing or a new document. Yes Yes Yes
Insert text or part of a document’s contents between the specified bookmarks. Yes Yes Yes
Replace a document’s contents between the specified bookmarks with text or part of another document’s contents. Yes Yes Yes
Delete document contents between specified bookmarks. Yes Yes Yes
Conversions Read Write  
Word 97-2003 formats (*.doc, *.dot) Yes Yes  
Word 2007-2016 formats (*.docx, *.dotx, *.docm, *.dotm, *.xml) Yes Yes  
Word 2003 XML Document (*.xml) Yes No  
OpenDocument Text(*.odt) No Yes  
RTF Yes Yes  
HTML Yes Yes  
Text Yes Yes  
PDF No Yes  

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