Open XML II: Editing Documents in the XML

Edit with and XML zip file

By Stephanie Krieger, Document Production Expert Get more from your documents and save time by learning the basics of how to troubleshoot document issues and edit document content directly in the XML.

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About this course

This course includes:

  • Three practice sessions for hands-on experience.

  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Edit text and formatting directly in a document’s XML parts

  • Update the graphics in a document without even opening the document in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

  • Safely delete a document part from an Open XML Format ZIP package.

Before you begin

If you are not yet familiar with the basics of the new Open XML Formats — including related terminology such as ZIP package, document parts, relationships, and content types — try the course Office Open XML I: Exploring the Office Open XML Formats before continuing here. That course introduces you to the new file formats and provides a basic walk-through of their XML structure.

About the author

Stephanie Krieger is a Microsoft Office System MVP and professional document consultant. She also is the author of two books, Advanced Microsoft Office Documents 2007 Edition Inside Out and Microsoft Office Document Designer.

Topics in this course

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

  1. Edit text and formatting in an Open XML ZIP package

  2. Finding the content you need in an Open XML Format ZIP package

  3. Understanding the structure of an XML document part

  4. Understanding text structure in document.xml

  5. Understanding formatting as shown in document.xml

  6. Opening a document part for editing

  7. Editing a document part

  8. Translating what you know to other document parts

  9. Translating what you know to other ZIP packages

  10. Editing other types of objects and formatting in document parts

  11. Practice

  1. Replace document images directly in the XML

  2. How images are stored in a ZIP package

  3. Replacing an image file in the ZIP package

  4. Correcting size information for replaced images

  5. Adding a new image file type to a ZIP package

  6. Understanding image references in XML document parts

  7. Practice

Lesson 3

  1. Removing a document part from the ZIP package

  2. Understanding the components of a document part

  3. Delete a document part

  4. Editing the relationship files

  5. Editing other references to your document part

  6. Practice

  7. Quick reference card

Applies To: PowerPoint 2007, Word 2007, Excel 2007

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