Bolding and Underlining Text In Word Documents


In the templates that I have processed with Open XML there are usually a number of tables.  Some times we have to add an extra paragraph to a cell and we want to keep the formatting of the text already in the cell.  In this post I will go over how to apply bold and underline formatting to text as well as how to steal it from existing text and apply it to a new paragraph or run.

In order to apply an underline format to a paragraph by hand you have to start with the ParagraphProperties.  To that you append a ParagraphMarkRunProperties object to which you have appended an Underline object.  It isn’t that complicated.  There are just a lot of objects that have to be instantiated to format a paragraph.  Below is an example of what I have just described.

Paragraph newParagraph = new Paragraph();

ParagraphProperties newProperties = new ParagraphProperties();


ParagraphMarkRunProperties markRunProperties = new ParagraphMarkRunProperties();

Underline newUnderline = new Underline { Val = UnderlineValues.Single };





wordprocessing.Run newRun = new wordprocessing.Run();

wordprocessing.Text newText = new wordprocessing.Text("Text for the new paragraph");


In order to make a paragraph or run bold you append a Bold object instead of or as well as the Underline object.

If you have an existing paragraph that you can steal from the code gets a lot easier.  The code below does just that by cloning the ParagraphProperties from the existing paragraph and appending it to the new paragraph.

ParagraphProperties properties = (ParagraphProperties)oldParagraph.ParagraphProperties.Clone();


Of course which approach you take will depend on what you situation is.  If you are allowing a user to define formatting through an interface other than a template you will have to use the first example.  This is one more reason to use a base file as a template.  Either way you should be able to accomplish the goal of formatting your text.


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