Drawing Object Features Supported on DOC Export


All images are exported as the same format that they were originally loaded as.

Feature Supported Comment See Also
PNG Yes    
JPG Yes    
WMF Yes    
EMF Yes    
EMF+ Yes    
BMP Yes    
GIF Yes    
TIFF Yes    
Borders Yes    
Cropping Yes    
Alternative text Yes    

Image Recoloring

Feature Supported Comment See Also
Brightness Yes    
Contrast Yes    
Recolor Yes    


Feature Supported Comment See Also
Text Direction Yes    
Linked Textboxes Yes    
Internal Margins Yes    
Vertical Alignment Yes    
Resize To Fit Text Yes    
Text in Other Shapes Yes    

OLE Objects

OLE Objects represent embedded content in a Microsoft Word document, such as an embedded Excel or Powerpoint document. The OLE object is dynamic and can be edited or updated through Microsoft Word.

OLE objects are fully preserved when converting within different Word document formats.

Feature Supported Comment See Also
Linked Yes    
Embedded Yes    
Draw Aspect Yes    
Auto Update Yes    
Lock Yes    
Ole Object Data Yes    
Ole Object Picture Yes    
Source Range Yes    

ActiveX Controls

ActiveX is supported in OOXML, DOC, RTF and WordML documents. ActiveX Controls are preserved during round-trip to the same format.

When exporting to a different format from the original document the following rules apply:

  • The “in-built” common ActiveX Word controls e.g checkbox, textbox, listbox etc are fully preserved even when exporting to a different format.
  • ActiveX imported from document formats DOC, RTF, WordML should be properly retained during conversion to other formats.
  • When loading ActiveX from OOXML documents e.g DOCX, there are two main types of ActiveX.

The first type is the legacy format which is found in the other formats such as DOC, RTF etc. This is freely converted to the other formats correctly.

The second type is a new format of ActiveX found in OOXML documents such as the DOCX format. This format is not diectly supported in the other formats so during conversion to those formats these types of ActiveX are converted to a plain image. When round-tripping back to an OOXML format these ActiveX are properly retained.

Implementing the conversion of this new ActiveX format to the legacy format is very hard and is not yet supported. It involves interaction with the ActiveX object and perhaps even the program that embeds it. This makes it very hard, if not impossible to peform the conversion. We will consider looking into this sometime in the future.

Feature Supported Comment See Also
Persistent Properties Storage Yes    


Feature Supported Comment See Also
Lines Yes    
Basic Shapes Yes    
Block Arrows Yes    
Flowcharts Yes    
Callouts Yes    
Stars and Banners Yes    
Group Shape Yes    
Drawing Canvas Yes    
Signature Line Planned Signature line functionality is lost on upon export and is exported as a regular image instead.

This will be improved on in a future version.
Ink Annotation Yes Ink Annotations are exported to all formats as regular images.  
Clip Art Yes    
Diagrams (VML) Yes VML graphic format is normally used in pre-OOXML formats such as DOC or RTF.  
SmartArt (VML) Yes    
Charts (VML) Yes    
Shape Customizations Yes    
Hyperlink on Shape Yes    
Watermark Yes A watermark in a Microsoft Word document is actually a text shape or image centered in the middle of the page but in the header or footer. This allows the watermark to appear behind all content and as faded.  


Feature Supported Comment See Also
Styles Yes    
Outline Yes    
Fill Yes    
3D Properties Yes    
Text Spacing Yes    
Vertical Text Yes    
Even Height Yes    
Align and Justify Text Yes    
WordArt Shape Yes    

Horizontal Line Object

Feature Supported Comment See Also
Width Yes    
Height Yes    
Color Yes    
Alignment Yes    
Hyperlink Yes    
Image Yes    


Feature Supported Comment See Also
Inline Yes    
Floating Yes    
Wrap Type Yes Text wrapping around images and shapes is supported in all formats.  
Wrap Sides Yes    
Distance from Text Yes    
Z-Order Yes    
Polygon Wrap Points Planned Custom wrap points are lost on export. This will be implemented in a future version.  
Rotation Yes    
Flip Yes    
Horizontal Alignment Yes    
Horizontal Position Relative To Yes    
Vertical Alignment Yes    
Vertical Position Relative To Yes    
Anchor Lock Yes    
Allow Overlap Yes    
Layout in Table Cell Yes    


Feature Supported Comment See Also
Width and Height Yes    
Scale Yes A scaled object is normally exported with scaling applied to the Shape size and the Scale property reset to 100%.  
Relative Size Yes    
Lock Aspect Ratio Yes    


Feature Supported Comment See Also
No Fill Yes    
Solid Fill Yes    
Gradient Fill Yes    
Pattern Fill Yes    
Picture or Texture Fill Yes    

Line Style

Feature Supported Comment See Also
Line Color Yes    
Line Fill Yes    
Line Width Yes    
Compound Type Yes    
Dash Type Yes    
Cap Type Yes    
Join Type Yes    
Arrow Settings Yes    


Feature Supported Comment See Also
Shadow Yes    

3D Properties

Feature Supported Comment See Also
3D Properties Yes