USING IRONWORD

How to Export Document to Word in C#

Updated June 6, 2024
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Microsoft Word is a ubiquitous tool for creating and editing documents, widely used across various industries for its versatile features and user-friendly interface. In software development, there are often scenarios where we need to programmatically generate Word documents, either for reporting, documentation, or data presentation purposes.

In this guide, we'll explore how to create a new C# Console Application and how to export data to MS Word documents in C# using IronWord, a powerful library for manipulating Word documents programmatically.

How to Export Document to Word in C#

  1. Create a New C# Visual Studio Project.
  2. Install the C# Word library to export data to Word.
  3. Import dependencies for the Word Library.
  4. Create a new Word Document using the "new WordDocument(paragraph)" method.
  5. Save the newly created Word document with the "SaveAs()" function.

Create a New C# Console Application

To create a new C# Console application in Visual Studio, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Visual Studio. In the startup screen select the "Create a new project" option.

How to Export Document to Word in C#: Figure 1 - Visual Studio

  1. A new window will appear containing the recent templates and all the templates available. Select the "Console App" option and click on Next.

How to Export Document to Word in C#: Figure 2 - Console App

  1. In the newly appeared window write the project name and select the location. Click on Next and then after selecting the version click on Create.

IronWord

IronWord is a .NET library that provides a convenient API for working with Word documents in C#. It allows developers to create Word documents, modify existing Word documents, and export Word documents seamlessly within their C# applications. With IronWord, you can generate Word documents dynamically based on data from various sources, such as databases, APIs, or user inputs.

IronWord fosters creativity and expression, providing a space where emerging voices mingle with seasoned wordsmiths. Through its commitment to literary excellence and diversity, IronWord cultivates a rich tapestry of narratives that resonate with audiences worldwide, igniting imaginations and sparking conversations that endure beyond the page.

Install IronWord

You can easily install IronWord using NuGet Package Manager, just follow these steps.

  1. In Visual Studio open the NuGet Package Manager window and go to the Browse tab.
  2. In the Browse tab write IronWord in the search bar and press enter.
    1. A list of packages will appear. Select the latest package and click on Install.

How to Export Document to Word in C#: Figure 3 - IronWord

Just like that IronWord is installed and ready to use.

Export Data to a Word document

Let's dive into a practical example of how to export data to a Word document using IronWord in C#. Consider the following code snippet:

using IronWord;
using IronWord.Models;
System.Console.WriteLine("Enter the Text to export it to word document");
var userInput = System.Console.ReadLine();
// Create textRun
Text textRun = new Text(userInput);
Paragraph paragraph = new Paragraph();
paragraph.AddChild(textRun);
// Create a new document object
WordDocument doc = new WordDocument(paragraph);
// Export docx
doc.SaveAs("document.docx");
using IronWord;
using IronWord.Models;
System.Console.WriteLine("Enter the Text to export it to word document");
var userInput = System.Console.ReadLine();
// Create textRun
Text textRun = new Text(userInput);
Paragraph paragraph = new Paragraph();
paragraph.AddChild(textRun);
// Create a new document object
WordDocument doc = new WordDocument(paragraph);
// Export docx
doc.SaveAs("document.docx");
Imports IronWord
Imports IronWord.Models
System.Console.WriteLine("Enter the Text to export it to word document")
Dim userInput = System.Console.ReadLine()
' Create textRun
Dim textRun As New Text(userInput)
Dim paragraph As New Paragraph()
paragraph.AddChild(textRun)
' Create a new document object
Dim doc As New WordDocument(paragraph)
' Export docx
doc.SaveAs("document.docx")
VB   C#

In this example, we're creating a simple Word document containing a single paragraph with the text from the user. Let's break down the code step by step:

  1. Importing Required Libraries: We begin by importing the necessary namespaces from IronWord.
  2. Creating Text Content: We create a `Text` object representing the text content we want to include in the Word document. In this case, it's the userInput.3. Creating a Paragraph: Next, we create a `Paragraph` object and add the `Text` object (textRun) to it as a child element. A paragraph in Word typically contains one or more text runs.
  3. Creating a Word Document: We instantiate a new `WordDocument` object, passing the paragraph we created as a parameter. This initializes a new Word document with the specified content.5. Exporting the Document: Finally, we call the `SaveAs` method on the `WordDocument` object to export the document to a .docx file named "document.docx."

This example demonstrates the basic workflow for exporting data to a Word document using IronWord. However, it's important to note that you can customize the existing Word document content and structure according to your specific requirements. For instance, you can add multiple paragraphs, format text, insert tables, images, headers, footers, and more.

Console Screenshot

How to Export Document to Word in C#: Figure 4 - Export Data Console Output

Output Word Document

How to Export Document to Word in C#: Figure 5 - Create Word Document Output

Conclusion

In summary, IronWord provides a powerful and flexible solution for exporting data to Word documents in C#. Whether you're generating simple reports, complex documents, or dynamic content, IronWord simplifies the process and empowers developers to create high-quality Word documents programmatically. By leveraging its features and capabilities, you can streamline document generation workflows and deliver compelling content to your users.

To learn more techniques to automate Microsoft Word document generation visit the following link.

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