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This is the native MS Word DOCX format supported by all current versions of Word. It includes full support for configurable layout templates that are themselves DOCX files that you can edit in Word.

Features and pros and cons of the Word DOCX format:

File extension:



One DOCX  file, graphics embedded in the file


MS Word

Typical use:

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

Table of contents:

Yes, auto-generated in Word

Keyword index:

Yes, auto-generated in Word

Full text search:

Yes (with MS Word)

Context sensitive help:



No support for popups


No multimedia support

Printable by user:

Yes (with MS Word)


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


Relatively static, similar to PDF. Not suitable for interactive help.

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)