Tailor output to Word

Superdig: modifying table and top-line output to Word

When you export data to Word, MI Pro uses paragraph (text) styles as well as tables styles to produce the output. You may create your own Word template (.DOTX file) in order to get the look and feel you want.

Table styles

Superdig uses one of two table styles:

  • •Plain use the built in TableGrid1 style
  • •Superdig Standard uses the built in TableGrid2 style

Paragraph styles

The following paragraph styles are used:

Style name Where used
RAHeader1 The top level header
RAHeader2 The second (or lower) level header
RATopLineDescHeader The header row of each top-line question
RABlock In a cross table, typically in a grid, the text introducing each new block (row text in grid) 
RABase Base rows
RATtest T-test rows
RARow Standard row text
RAFilter The filter text
RACellDesc The description text of the cell content
RAComment The comment text (the comments that you type into the comment field)

Best practice

Create a report containing one or more tables, which contain the typical elements, e.g. a filter, a multilevel heading, t-test etc. Also add a top-line question. Select either “Plain” or “Superdig Standard” Style, and then publish to Word. The in Word you can edit the Table and/or paragraph-styles to match your desired look and feel. E.g. change font family, font sizes, background and rulers for the table, and even page margins. Finally save the file as a Word template “.DOTX”. You may delete all the content of the file before saving, but it might be just as well to leave the sample tables there, in order for you to more easily edit the style later.  You may now specify this Word template when publishing, and even specify it as your Global default, in order for you to use this every time you publish to word.

Editing paragraph styles:

Show the Styles window, from the menu bar/design ribbon or typing: Alt+Ctrl+Shift+S

You may then right-click on any Style, and select Modify.

Editing table styles:

Click within a table, then click on the “Table tools/Design” ribbon. The current table style is then selected in the Ribbon. Right click on this style and select “Modify table style”. The “Modify table style” dialog, allows you to change colours, rulers etc, for the whole table, and/or for specific elements like header rows, first column etc.

Make sure you edit either the “Table Grid 1” or the “Table Grid 2”, corresponding to the “Plain” or “Superdig Standard” styles. Also make sure that the “radio button” “New documents based on this template” is selected, if not no changes will happen when using this template later.

When done, save the file as a Word template “.DOTX” file.