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23 Nov 2005 (Updated )

Automatically create MS Word documents from Matlab with figures, tables, headers and text.

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This m-file is a modification of the 'save2word'. It's an example of how to automatically create MS Word documents from MATLAB with figures, tables, headers and text.
The different basic functionalities to add text with different style and to add figures are broken into sub-functions that can be used in a simple way.


Saveppt and Save2word inspired this file.

This file inspired Wordreport.

MATLAB release MATLAB 6.5.1 (R13SP1)
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Other requirements Microsoft Word
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21 Nov 2016 Sabarinathan Vadivelu

04 Sep 2016 Jens Koopmann

Dear Andreas,

thank you very much for sharing your Matlab code with the rest of the community.

I have used your functions many times and they are great.

I was wondering if you could paste and entire table with data instead of writing it cell by cell. The moveright command in VB is very slow and I thought about to use the

Selection.PasteExcelTable False, True, True
Selection.Tables(1).Style = "Grid Table 5 Dark - Accent 1"

PasteExcel Table command in MS Word.

The VB macro works in MS Word but I struggle to get matlab to execute the above commands.

Any advise from you side will be appreciated.

I have written the code that pastes the data table into MS Excel and I can copy the table into the clipboard.

I just struggle with the last bit.



26 Aug 2016 Natalia Toriello

For german Heading is replaced by Überschrift and Normal to Standard

16 Mar 2016 Federico Arismendi

Hi, please i need run the script in spanish word version. How I modify the code to run it?

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I have used this file many times for my simple reports. I appreciate your work.

27 Oct 2015 Dennis Arreborg

Does anyone have a way to include a tab in the text.

Recording the macro yields
Selection.TypeText Text:=vbTab

But how do I get the vbTab command into

15 Oct 2015 Alain Guerrero

16 Jun 2015 Rashmil Dahanayake

16 Jun 2015 Rashmil Dahanayake

19 May 2014 Vishesh Vatsal

28 Apr 2014 Bogdana

Really nice structure with well commented the code.

Can anybody help me. I have problems merging the cells.

Word help says:

I want to merge first row in the table, but:
dosn't work

it returns error:
No appropriate method, property, or field Cells for class

Any idea? Thanks

21 Feb 2014 Eddie

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I just upgraded my PC to word 2010. I had to change wdColorAutomatic to wdAudo etc and use ColorIndex instead of color. This is the link where I found the new constants

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30 Jan 2014 Eddie

Eddie (view profile)

Works great with Matlab 2011b and Word 2007
Many thanks!

16 Jan 2014 Gregory

Still works! Minor changes were needed -

In WordText: (changed to ColorIndex instead of Color)
actx_word_p.Selection.Font.ColorIndex='wdAuto';%set back to default color


In WordCreateTOC: (added a 0 to the end) actx_word_p.ActiveDocument.TablesOfContents.Add(actx_word_p.Selection.Range,1,upper_heading_p,lower_heading_p,0);

Also, Added this to the beginning, more as a reminder to myself:
% To see the full command list:
% 1) Open Word and go to the "Help" option
% 2) Click on "Microsoft Office Help" and wait for the window to pop up
% 3) Click the arrow next to "Search" to bring down a menu
% 4) At the bottom, click "Developer Reference"
% 5) "Word Object Model Reference" contains all of the available objects
% that can be used, and "Enumerations" (at the bottom, only thing not
% in alphabetical order) tells you wd constants that are available.

26 Feb 2013 Rogier

Rogier (view profile)

For use with Word2010, I removed/commented the following rule in function WordText:

actx_word_p.Selection.Font.Color='wdColorAutomatic';%set back to default color

Works great and saves lots of time.

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26 Feb 2013 Rogier

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26 Nov 2012 Bernd

Bernd (view profile)

very nice structure of code and easy to understand and use. However the hard coded format styles for headings and text styles make it hard to ease automatic doc generation for our multi-cultural office environments ;)
...however I cannot blame to the author of this code for this!

25 Oct 2012 Andreas Karlsson

Adam, try this.

It can be found if you look into the list of selection-methods created by the script in its TestDoc.doc

Here is a link to the wdBreak enumeration

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24 Oct 2012 Adam

Adam (view profile)

This is really good, but I'm experiencing a problem inserting a section break into word.

I've recorded a macro, which used the VB command:
Selection.InsertBreak Type:=wdSectionBreakContinuous

However, my Matlab version :

returns an error "One or more output arguments not assigned during call to "InsertBreak". "

Can you see something obvious that I'm missing?

26 Jan 2012 Greg Imamura

25 Aug 2011 Todd Brintlinger

Sorry about multiple submissions.
Actxserver object had trouble creating files that do not already exist because of trouble/corruption with MAPI32.dll, which is called from Outlook, not Word.? If the file already exists (e.g. TestDoc.doc), it worked no problem.
I have not tried fixing MAPI32.dll, but that may solve problem.

25 Aug 2011 Todd Brintlinger

07 May 2011 Ran

Ran (view profile)

it doesn't work with office 10
this is the error i receive
??? Invoke Error, Dispatch Exception:
Source: Microsoft Word
Description: ???? ??? ????? ???? ????.
Help File: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10\1037\wdmain10.chm
Help Context ID: 62e2

Error in ==> WriteToWordFromMatlab>WordText at 198
actx_word_p.Selection.Style = style_p;

Error in ==> WriteToWordFromMatlab at 29
WordText(ActXWord,TextString,Style,[0,2]);%two enters after text

26 Aug 2009 Santosh

19 Mar 2009 Andreas Karlsson

In here again checking out what happened during the years. THANKS for all the nice comments!
For Mr. Dirk Z I can say that you should open the file and read the comments. That will give you the hint of doing a search/replace - easy. Read Dimitri Gabris comment from 11 Apr 2006...
After a lot of years as a Matlab/Simulink-programmer I'm now a consultant programming in other languages. Missing the power of Matlab.
If you need help with some Matlab/Simulink coding I would be glad to help...

21 Feb 2009 benharper1977

thank you very much Andreas, your script saves me a lot of time in doing copy&paste with many're a hero to me.

10 Sep 2008 Karel Macek

Very usefull.

27 Aug 2008 Yuval Ben-Dov

Great functionality, easy to follow, thanks for sharing!

25 Apr 2008 Dirk Z

really a good script.
The problem is that the Goto function with wdGoToBookmark as target does not work.
Can anyone help?

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03 Apr 2008 B M

only works in english office installations...
so you need to do a lot of hard-coding. On my pc i have a dutch word, my boss an english word .. not easy

21 Feb 2008 Tobias C

Maybe the most useful script at Matlab central. Well written code with good comments.

01 Dec 2007 Thorbjorn Knudsen

gr8! thx


27 Nov 2007 Ramon Planas

Great code!! Thanks very much

03 Oct 2007 c r

Your code maved me lots of time. Thanks!.

27 Aug 2007 E B

18 Apr 2007 Joseph nonereally

This is a great piece of example code. Thank you Andreas.

10 Apr 2007 Jiabei Yuan

If there is a rating over 6, I'll never rate this code with 5!!!

15 May 2006 Axel Kiefer

I fully agree with prevoius raters. Andreas work is EXCELLENT. It saved a lot of time.

11 Apr 2006 Dimitri Garbi

That is exactly what I was looking for. The code allow to generate generic reports automatically. Thank you !

note : Styles must be adapted in order to have no error. 'Heading 1' in english correspond to 'Rubrik 1' in swedish (as commented) and to 'Titre 1' in french.

17 Feb 2006 Theo Venter

This is excellent. Thanks

24 Jan 2006 E TK

Very nice, easy to use and intuitive interface. It does exactly what you would expect. Thanks for posting!

01 Apr 2016 1.0

Added BSD license upon request from Mathworks

24 Oct 2016 1.3

Changed calls to color-method into colorIndex to support MS-Word 2013. Thanks Martin van de Ven!

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