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ActiveX Word control base commands

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Base commands to control Word in Matlab


Updated 21 Jul 2016

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This is an example to learn how to control Microsoft Word in Matlab.
(tested on Microsoft Office 2007)
This example contains:
-define Font
-define Font Size
-define Page setup
-write Text
-color background
-highlight text
-underline text
-change format of text
-insert figures from Matlab as picture in Word
-insert picture from file

Cite As

Stefan Braun (2020). ActiveX Word control base commands (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

Comments and Ratings (10)

Thanks for these examples !
Thanks to Charlie Levett for debugging.


With your code I finally learned how to align the text and how to paste a figure directly from matlab and from a folder.

I was having issues with the SaveAs function but found adding '2' after worked:

document.SaveAs2([pwd '/test.docx'])

Also the font color part didn't work for me but this did:

selection.Font.TextColor.RGB = 16777215

Thanks for these informations, nevertheless, I need to insert a equation in document (.docx). Do you Know How I make it? I was not successful to use a class OMaths.

It does not run and I get this error:

The 'Color' property name is ambiguous in the '00020952_0000_0000_C000_000000000046' class.

Error in Word_example (line 85)

I need to know how to format the page setup to "landscape" format - couldn`t find it in the examples and overview.

Can someone help?


@Mark Breutzman perhaps this could help:


working here!

I'm trying to adapt this for my own purpose, but keep having problems with SaveAs:

Cannot find an exact (case-sensitive) match for 'SaveAs'

The closest match is: saveas in C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2016b\toolbox\matlab\general\saveas.m

Error in Word_example (line 241)
document.SaveAs([pwd '/test.doc']); %save Document

What am I missing?




- added missing files

-added html file

-added AddPicture command

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2015b
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
Windows macOS Linux

Inspired: Matlab to MSWord function library