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Xamarin Word Library - Overview

The Syncfusion Essential DocIO is a feature-rich and high-performance Xamarin Word library that allows you to add advanced Word document processing functionalities to any Xamarin 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 Xamarin Word Library


General Information

Blazing Fast Performance

Optimized for a server environment where speed and low memory usage are critical, DocIO works much faster and consumes less memory when compared to Office automation libraries.

No Server Deployment Fees

There are no distribution fees, per-server licensing fees, or royalties, making DocIO very cost-effective.

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

Creates, reads, and edits popular text file formats like DOC, DOT, DOCM, DOTM, DOCX, DOTX, HTML, RTF, TXT, and XML (WordML). Converts Word documents also to PDF, and ODT files.

Start Reports with Word and Finish with DocIO

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


Mail merge

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

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

Nested Mail merge

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

Data Sources

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

Formatting

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

Images

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

Mail merge Events

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

Options

Supports intuitive options like mapping merge fields with fields in 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

Section

Organizes 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.

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

Text

Creates or edits documents with all language texts. Supports left-to-right and right-to-left text, also.

Image

Inserts images in a document with all the common layout options like text wrapping, position, size, etc. Supports all common image formats like PNG, BMP, JPEG, TIFF, GIF, EMF, WMF, SVG, etc.

Bookmark

Creates and inserts bookmarks to identify a part of the document for future reference.

Creates a link in a document for quick access of webpages, files, email, bookmarks, etc.

Fields

Adds dynamic information like title, time, page number, etc., in a Word document that updates automatically. Supports updating commonly used fields like merge field, IF field, date-time, page number, document properties, etc.

Text box

Showcases important text or quotes in a document within a text box. Supports inserting and editing text, and formatting and removing an existing text box.

Shape

Adds all the predefined shapes in Word Open XML Format document (DOCX, DOTX, DOCM, DOTM, Word XML). Supports inserting and editing text, and formatting and removing an existing shape.

Chart

Graphically represents a set of data with common chart types like column, line, pie, bar, etc., in Word Open XML Format document (DOCX, DOTX, DOCM, DOTM, Word XML). Adds and modifies data, title, axes, data labels, legends, trendlines, etc., and formats and removes an existing chart.

OLE Objects

Embeds all the common file formats within a Word document. Extracts the embedded OLE Object data from a Word document and saves its native file format.

Footnote and Endnote

Additional information like detailed descriptions, references, credits, etc., can be added at the end of each page and document. Also, edits and removes an existing note from a document.

Document Properties

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

Accessible Document

Creates accessible Word documents with 508 standard compliance with directly accessible elements like text and tables, and sets alternate text for all graphical elements like images, text boxes, shapes, charts, etc.


Formatting

Text Formatting

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

Paragraph Formatting

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

Bullets and Numbering

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

Page Settings

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

Styles

Creates and applies styles to ensure consistency within a document. Supports predefined and custom character styles, paragraph styles, and predefined table styles.


Table

Creates, inserts, and deletes tables in a document. Supports nested tables, also.

Edit

Edits an existing table in a document like merging cells, adding or removing cells and rows, resizing cells, etc.

Format

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

Styles

Gives 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

Copies part of a document and inserts that part into the same or a different document with several formatting options like using destination styles, keeping source formatting, etc. Supports all the common paste options like in Microsoft Word.

Edit Bookmark Contents

Navigates to a bookmark in the document and inserts, edits, retrieves, or deletes its content. Also supports replacing the bookmarked contents with text, a part of a document, or an entire document.

Merge

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

Split

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


For more information, check out our Merge and Split Word document features.


Find and Replace

Find Text

Finds text by matching whole words, then highlights or formats it. Also, finds text patterns using regular expressions.

Advanced Replace

Replaces the text or text pattern with another text, a part of a document, or an entire document. Supports options to retain source or target formatting.


Table of Contents

Creates, inserts, and edits a table of contents (TOC) to outline the contents of a document. Updates or rebuilds the TOC after modifying an existing Word document. Builds TOC based on heading and custom styles, including page numbers, and hyperlinks for easy navigation.


Content Controls

Design Form

Creates and inserts content controls like plain text, rich text, pictures, check boxes, combo boxes, drop-down lists, date pickers, etc., in the Word Open XML Format document (DOCX, DOTX, DOCM, DOTM, Word XML). Groups a part of a document with block content control.

Restrict Editing

Protects the content of a content control from being edited by locking its content. Also prevents deleting a content control from the document.

Binding

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


Form Filling

Form Fields

Creates fillable forms with legacy form fields in Word documents. Fills the form fields and extracts filled data from the form fields effortlessly.

Content Controls

Creates more functional forms with content controls like plain text, rich text, pictures, check boxes, combo boxes, drop-down lists, date pickers, etc., in Word Open XML Format document. Fills the form and extracts filled data from the content controls effortlessly.


Review

Comments

Creates and inserts comments in a document to add notes about a part of the document while reviewing. Also, edits and removes an existing comment from a document.

Accept and Reject Changes

Accepts and rejects 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
Support for inserting 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
Support for inserting 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 lists 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 another 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 the 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 the 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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