USING IRONWORD

How to Create A Word Document in C#

Updated December 24, 2023
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Microsoft Word files are widely used for document creation and editing, making them a fundamental part of many business applications. In C# development, the ability to generate and manipulate MS Word documents programmatically is crucial. One powerful tool for achieving this is the IronWord library, which provides a comprehensive set of features for working with Word files in C#.

Microsoft also provides a developer tutorial to automate Microsoft Word Documents using Visual C#. In this article, we are going to explore how to create a Word Document in C# using IronWord - a powerful C# Word Document Library.

How to Create Word Documents in C#

  1. Create a C# project in Visual Studio
  2. Install IronWord Library
  3. Create a WordDocument object
  4. Add content using the AddText method
  5. Add the text Paragraph to the WordDocument object
  6. Save to DOCX File using the SaveAS method

IronWord Library

IronWord webpage

The IronWord library is a robust C# DOCX library developed by IronSoftware. It offers an intuitive API for building, editing, and exporting Word documents without the need to install Microsoft Office or Word Interop. With support for various .NET versions and platforms, IronWord simplifies the process of working with Word files in different environments.

IronWord works even with installing the Word app. Microsoft Word Interop is not required to create a Word Doc.

Features of IronWord

Cross-Platform Support

IronWord is designed to run on C#, F#, and VB.NET, supporting .NET 8, 7, 6, 5, Core, Standard, or Framework. It is versatile enough to be utilized in web, mobile, desktop, and console applications.

Document Structure Manipulation

IronWord provides a rich set of features for manipulating document structure, including reading and editing Word files. Developers can extract text and images, edit page setup, set custom margins, and add paragraphs, text runs, images, shapes, and tables.

Styling and Formatting

The library allows developers to set styling for various elements, such as font family and size, color, bold, italic, strikethrough, underline, superscript, and subscript. Additionally, it supports the customization of alignments, background color, and bullet/numbering lists.

Cross-Platform Compatibility

IronWord is compatible with various operating systems, including Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android, making it a versatile solution for a wide range of applications.

Steps to Create a C# Console Project in Visual Studio

  1. Open Visual Studio.
  2. Create a new C# Console Application.
  3. Name your project and choose a location.

Configuring the project name and location

  1. From Additional Information, select the latest version of the .NET Framework. IronWord supports the latest 8.0 .NET Core Framework.
  2. Click "Create" to generate the project.

Installing IronWord

To incorporate IronWord into your project, follow these steps:

Using NuGet Package Manager:

  1. Right-click on your project in Solution Explorer.
  2. Select "Manage NuGet Packages for Solution."
  3. Search for "IronWord" in the NuGet Package Manager browse tab.

Installing IronWord with the NuGet Package Manager

  1. Click "Install" to add the IronWord library to your project.

Using Package Manager Console:

Run the following command in the Package Manager Console:

Install-Package IronWord

Steps to Create a Word Document

Now that IronWord is installed, you can use the library to create a Word document.

  1. Importing IronWord Namespace:
using IronWord;
using IronWord.Models;
using IronWord;
using IronWord.Models;
Imports IronWord
Imports IronWord.Models
VB   C#

This line imports the IronWord and IronWord.Models namespace, allowing you to use classes and functionalities from the IronWord library in your C# code.

  1. Creating a Word Document Instance:
WordDocument doc = new WordDocument();
WordDocument doc = new WordDocument();
Dim doc As New WordDocument()
VB   C#

Here, a new instance of the WordDocument class is created. This represents an empty Word new document that you can start adding content to.

  1. Adding Content to the Document: The following sample code adds text to the document object:
doc.AddText("Add text using IronWord");
doc.AddText("Add text using IronWord");
doc.AddText("Add text using IronWord")
VB   C#

This line adds a paragraph to the Word document with the text "Hello, IronWord!". The AddText method is a convenient way to insert textual content into the document.

  1. Saving the Document:
doc.SaveAs("save_document.docx");
doc.SaveAs("save_document.docx");
doc.SaveAs("save_document.docx")
VB   C#

After adding content to the document, you use the SaveAs method to save the Word document to a file. In this case, it saves the document with the filename "output.docx" in the project directory.

The above steps will create a new Word document, add a paragraph with text, and save the document with the specified filename.

Here's the complete source code:

using IronWord;
using IronWord.Models;

class Program
{
    static void Main()
    {
        // Create a new Word document
        WordDocument doc = new WordDocument();

        // Add text
    doc.AddText("Add text using IronWord");

        // Save the document
        doc.SaveAs("output.docx");
    }
}
using IronWord;
using IronWord.Models;

class Program
{
    static void Main()
    {
        // Create a new Word document
        WordDocument doc = new WordDocument();

        // Add text
    doc.AddText("Add text using IronWord");

        // Save the document
        doc.SaveAs("output.docx");
    }
}
Imports IronWord
Imports IronWord.Models

Friend Class Program
	Shared Sub Main()
		' Create a new Word document
		Dim doc As New WordDocument()

		' Add text
	doc.AddText("Add text using IronWord")

		' Save the document
		doc.SaveAs("output.docx")
	End Sub
End Class
VB   C#

Overall, this code demonstrates the basic steps to create a Word document using the IronWord library. You instantiate a WordDocument object, add content to it (in this case, a simple paragraph), and then save the document to a file. That's it! Document created successfully.

This is a straightforward example, and you can extend it to include more complex document structures, formatting, and additional content based on your application's requirements.

For more code examples on how to create, read, and edit existing Word documents, please visit this code examples page.

Output

Upon running the program, a Word document named "output.docx" will be generated in the project directory. You can open this document to see the added content.

Outputted PDF from the previous code

Conclusion

In this article, we explored the significance of creating Microsoft Word files in C# applications and introduced the IronWord library as a powerful solution for working with Word documents. We covered its features, the process of setting up a C# console project in Visual Studio, and steps to install and utilize IronWord to create Word documents. With IronWord, developers can seamlessly integrate Word document generation capabilities into their C# applications, enhancing their document processing capabilities.

For more detailed information about IronWord and its capabilities, please visit its official documentation page.

IronWord is free for development purposes and can be licensed for commercial use. However, it also offers a free trial to test out its complete functionality in commercial mode before making a decision.

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