MS Word DOCX

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MS Word DOCX

This format – equivalent to the Rich Text Format files generated by MS Word – is provided for backward compatibility. Because of its limitations as a help and documentation format its use is generally not recommended. PDF provides very superior output and much more control over formatting. There may be some special cases where you still need to use it, but generally PDF is always preferable.

Features and pros and cons of the Word DOCX format:

File extension:

.docx

Format:

One DOCX  file, graphics embedded in the file

Platforms:

MS Word

Typical use:

Print manuals distributed in electronic form, has now been generally replaced by PDF

Table of contents:

Yes

Keyword index:

Yes

Full text search:

Yes (with MS Word)

Context sensitive help:

No

Popups:

No support for popups

Multimedia:

No multimedia support

Printable by user:

Yes (with MS Word)

Pros:

Can be viewed, edited, searched and printed with MS Word

Cons:

Limited formatting options, many Help+Manual features not supported, large files, graphics are in external files.

Other information:

As in PDF, all the topics not included in your TOC are excluded from DOCX output. This is by design because DOCX is treated as a print format. By definition, there is no place in print-style documents for topics that are not included in the TOC.

If you want to include information from topics not included in your TOC you need to use Help+Manual's conditional output features or alternative TOCs to make alternative content for the DOCX version.

Hyperlinks are supported in MS Word DOCX files.

See also:

MS Word DOCX (Configuring Your Output)

MS Word DOCX (Configuration Options)