Microsoft Xml Notepad 2007 Tutorial

Now you can open the XML file or copy the code in the new tab Opening random XML File; Click on Plugins and then choose XML Tools Pretty Print (XML only –with line breaks) Tip: libXML option gives the nice output but only if the file is 100% correctly formed. Changing the format of XML Code by using XML Tools; This will change the format of. XML Notepad 2007 is themed around the same kind of just-the-text-ma'am simplicity of Windows' Notepad, but does add relevant features for markup language hacking. The left-hand pane breaks an XML.

XML Notepad 2007 is themed around the same kind of just-the-text-ma'am simplicity of Windows' Notepad, but does add relevant features for markup language hacking. The left-hand pane breaks an XML.

By John Korchok

With the introduction of Office 2007, Microsoft changed the basic file format that underlies Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Instead of the proprietary and mostly undocumented format that ruled from Office 97 to Office 2003, Microsoft made a smart decision and switched to XML. This is tagged text, similar in structure and concept to HTML code with which you may already be familiar.

. Drag/drop support for easy manipulation of the tree, even across different instances of XML Notepad and from the file system. Infinite undo/redo for all edit operations. In place popup multi-line editing of large text node values. Configurable fonts and colors via the options dialog. Full find/replace dialog with support for regex. Working with single-mapped cells. A single-mapped cell is a cell that has been mapped to a nonrepeating XML element. You create a single-mapped cell by dragging a nonrepeating XML element from the XML Source task pane onto a single cell in your worksheet. When you drag a nonrepeating XML element onto the worksheet, you can use a smart tag to choose to include the XML element name.

XML opens up a world of possibilities for automated document construction, but that’s a topic for another day. The everyday relevance is that if a Word or PowerPoint file isn’t doing what you need it to do and there are no tools in the program for the job, we can now dive in and edit the file ourselves. If you’re a point-and-click user, this is probably not thrilling. But if you’re a hacker at heart, a midnight coder, or just a curious tinkerer, you can do some cool stuff.

Inside a simple Word file. The document text is stored in XML

The main tool you’re going to need is a text editor. While you can get away for a while with Notepad or TextEdit, those simple text editors don’t quite have the tools that get the job done efficiently. On Mac, I use BBEdit and on Windows, I reach for Notepad++. BBEdit is reasonably-priced shareware and Notepad++ is freeware. They have a similar style of operation, so if you’re a cross-platform hacker it’s easy to switch between them. Notepad++ uses a plugin system, so you can add tools. For this job, you’re definitely going to want the free XML plugin.

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files in the new format are actually simple ZIP files with a different file extension. Getting into them couldn’t be easier: if you’re using Windows, suffix .ZIP to the end of the file (a copy of the file, if it’s anything important). You’ll get a warning from your OS, but you know what you’re doing! Now unzip it. Out pop several folders of XML, plus a top-level file or two.

For macOS Users

macOS requires somewhat more care with handling expanded Office files, or they won’t open. Please see this article for the best procedure on a Mac.


Select one of the files and open it in your text editor. All the files have been linearized to minimize file size. This is where your XML tools come into play.

  • In Notepad++, choose PluginsXML ToolsPretty Print (XML Only – with line breaks).
  • If you’re using BBEdit, choose MarkupTidyReflow Document.

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Now you have a nicely indented, easy-to-read page to edit. When you’re done, it’s not necessary to re-linearize. Word, PowerPoint, or Excel will do that for you later.

A plain vanilla PowerPoint file: more complex than Word.

For people using Window’s built-in ZIP utility, there is an easy mistake to watch out for. By default, unzipping a file in Windows creates a new folder named for the file being expanded. If, when you’re re-assembling the file, you include this top-level folder.

PowerPoint may raise an error about unreadable content in the presentation. To avoid this error, first, open the folder that Windows created. Select the _rels, docProps and ppt folders, plus the [Content_Types].xml file, then create a ZIP file from them.

XML hacking is useful for Excel or Word when you want to add additional color themes or when you need to rescue a corrupt document. But it really shines with PowerPoint, allowing you to create custom table formats, extra custom colors that don’t fit into a theme, setting the default text size for tables and charts, and much more. This technique separates the PowerPoint pros from the wannabes.

Check out text editors and XML tools so you’re ready to hack! If you want to learn more about how to put some of this to practice, read my next article on XML Hacking: Default Table Text.

John Korchok has been creating reliable branded Office templates and web sites for more than 20 years. He is certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist Master, is an award-winning technical writer and is skilled in programming VBA, JavaScript for PDF and web, HTML, CSS, and PHP. John is a moderator for Microsoft Answers and a volunteer at Stack Overflow, providing answers for Word and PowerPoint for Windows and macOS. He currently works for Brandwares in metropolitan New York.

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The typical application for editing an XML document by most people is either with the default Notepad or Wordpad applications that comes with Windows. While these editors are sufficient for getting the job done, they are not the best way for working with large files or deeply nested XML trees.

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Microsoft’s XML Notepad 2007 addresses many of the concerns that developers have for working with XML documents.

A very useful feature is its tree view. You don’t have to spend time searching through deeply nested XML tree to find a node. Everything is listed in an easy to use tree with collapsible branches. For those who insist on viewing the XML code, there is a source view option with colour coded text for enhanced viewing.

XML Notepad 2007 supports the standard editor features, such as search and replace, and also includes Intellisense. Experimenting with XML documents can be done without fear with the infinite levels of undo and redo that are available. Nodes in the XML tree can be dragged and dropped anywhere in the document.

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With all of these features, the most useful one is the XML schema validation. This will verify that your XML code is correct. You don’t want your applications rejecting invalid statements in an XML document.

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You can download XML Notepad 2007 from Microsoft by clicking here.