Is there a way to easily export a list to Microsoft Word 2010 from SharePoint 2010 via a button on the page? We'd like to have the data plugged into a Word template so the list values get formatted/placed correctly. We don't mind creating a custom web part if that's what it requires.

Thank you for your guidance.


It is very easy to create a control or a web part and place it on the page. The control would contain a button with code behind that uses OpenXML to generate the Word document.

I've done similar things and it's very easy. Just create a Word document using Word and format it as you like, then use the Document Reflector from the OpenXML SDK v2+ to generate a C# class that generates a document. Copy that class (and reference the OpenXML assemblies) and modify to suit your needs.

  • Thanks, Wictor. You make it sound so easy. As a SharePoint newbie, a detailed article on this would be great :) Also, is it possible to make the button a part of the list actions? – Alex C Sep 18 '11 at 8:28
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    Yea, you could attach it to the ribbon. – Wictor Wilen MCA MCM MVP Sep 18 '11 at 8:49
  • Thanks, Wictor. Can this 2007 article be used with 2010 to achieve what you talked about for the OpenXML SDK programming? msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee532473.aspx – Alex C Sep 18 '11 at 8:53
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    Yes, it's a starter. Make sure you read what Eric White (ericwhite.com/blog) has written in the past. – Wictor Wilen MCA MCM MVP Sep 18 '11 at 8:55
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    In addition to Wictor's answer, I would also recommend to use ClosedXml, a very convenient opensource project to work with OpenXML: closedxml.codeplex.com – Andrey Markeev Sep 18 '11 at 16:05

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