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Find and Replace text in a DOCX/ PDF file

Alteryx Partner

Hi All,

Is it possible to find a particular text from a DOCX / Pdf template file and replace it with some other text (input from a user) and output it in the same format with replaced information?

If the Docx file contains a placeholder "<name>", can we replace it with a name input from the user (John Doe) and output the file in doc/ pdf format with the initial formatting? 

Any help is highly appreciated. 

Thanks in advance.

12 - Quasar
12 - Quasar

You should be building the components of your template with the Reporting toolbar tools.  You'd have individual elements, like a Text box where you can use the field names to achieve that dynamic text.  Arrange the report elements with a layout tool, then a Render tool that outputs a doc or PDF

Alteryx Partner

Hi Jason,  


Thanks for the quick response.


I wanted to maintain the same formatting as the input file. This way I will have to decompose a 60 pager document individually, right?

Is there any other way to input any docx file and just replace text in it?




11 - Bolide

Probably not the most efficient way, but what I would do is...


Use 7-zip to unzip all docx files

Use Text input tool to read all the XML documents replacing any words you need

Use 7-zip to zip the files back up


Also, do not read the XML documents as XML, read it in as CSV, and delimit by line "\0" I don't know what to do with the PDF's.