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Inserting into existing document

PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:26 pm
by pandaadb

I have this scenario: I use a template document for the first 7 pages of my document, because they are generally always the same. After that, I add about 400 pages of produced formatted output to the document. This all works very nice with docX4J - thanks for that.

Now I need to add something to the template document. The 3rd page is reserved for statistical data, so I somehow need to get to that point programmatically and insert a table there that I generate at runtime.

How can I navigate to that part of the page using docx4J and insert there?

kind regards,

Re: Inserting into existing document

PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:50 am
by davebrown
Hi Artur,

If you know the text of the paragraph preceding the place where you want to put the table, the following code will do it:

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    void insertTable(WordprocessingMLPackage pkg, String afterText, Tbl table)
    throws Exception {
        Body b = pkg.getMainDocumentPart().getJaxbElement().getBody();
        int addPoint = -1, count = 0;
        for (Object o : b.getEGBlockLevelElts()) {
            if (o instanceof P && getElementText(o).startsWith(afterText)) {
                addPoint = count + 1;
        if (addPoint != -1)
            b.getEGBlockLevelElts().add(addPoint, table);
        else {
            // didn't find paragraph to insert after...

   String getElementText(Object jaxbElem) throws Exception {
        StringWriter sw = new StringWriter();
        TextUtils.extractText(jaxbElem, sw);
        return sw.toString();

Basically, a table can be a peer/sibling of paragraph as a child of body. Note the little utility method getElementText() to extract the text from a paragraph without formatting. My calling code looks like this:

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        WordprocessingMLPackage pkg = WordprocessingMLPackage.load(new File("/tmp/template.docx"));
        Tbl table = TblFactory.createTable(3, 3, 100);
        insertTable(pkg, "Now here is a table", table); File("/tmp/filled-template.docx"));

Hope that helps,


Re: Inserting into existing document

PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 3:29 am
by pandaadb
Thanks for your answer. I fixed it in a similar way. Since the start of my document is a template file I created, the insertion must be at the same position every time. I just hoped there might be a less hardcoded way for me to find that place. But I think looking for a String or something specific there is probably the only way to find that.

I thought maybe there is a method that inserts at a specific position, like "insertTableAtPage( int pagenumber)" or something similar to that, so I could put that thing always on page 3 for example.

-- Artur

Re: Inserting into existing document

PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:16 am
by sureshbabubv
Hi pandaadb,

Can you please share your code.

Thanks & Regards,
B.V.Suresh Babu.