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How to read page and table-cell properties
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Posted by dan_brokerbusiness  · 10-09-2020 - 01:40


I have a simple word document with a table with two cells that contain A1 and A2 respectively (see

I need to

  • Find the table-cell styling (background, border/borderWidth/borderColor) of the cells containing A1 and A2
  • Find out the margins of the document (basically a getPageLayout() equivalent to modifyPageLayout())

Is this possible with phpdocx? Are there any examples on how to go about this?

I have been trying to use getWordStyles() but without much luck. Even using something as simple as:

$docx = new CreateDocxFromTemplate(resource_path('word/query_test.docx'));
$referenceNode = array(
   'type' => 'table-cell',

I would at least expect some output but I don't get anything. Also tried

$referenceNode = array(
   'type' => 'table-cell',
   'contains' => 'A1',

Which would be my ideal solution of course but probably won't work as A1 itself is a paragraph and I would have to construct a query to search for table cell containing a paragraph that contains A1 instead. But as I don't get anything with just searching for type 'table-cell' I am not sure this is even possible.

Any help appreciated.


Posted by admin  · 10-09-2020 - 07:12


To query cell and rows in tables, you need to set the parent option, for example, using the document SimpleExample.docx in the package:

$docx = new CreateDocxFromTemplate('SimpleExample.docx');
$referenceNode = array(
    'type' => 'table-cell',
    'parent' => 'w:tbl/w:tr/',
    'contains' => 'First row',

$contents = $docx->getWordStyles($referenceNode);

You can read a sample of getting cell and row information in examples/DocxPath/getWordStyles/sample_7.php

Although First row (as A1 in your DOCX), is included in a paragraph, this paragrah is also include in the cell (w:tc) so the query returns the correct information. Also please note that some styles can be applied to table (w:tbl) or even a custom table style (getWordStyles is compatible with both), so you'd need to query them too depending on how the DOCX was created.

About gettion layout values, you can use Indexer:, layout is set in sections.


Posted by dan_brokerbusiness  · 11-09-2020 - 04:27

This was very helpful, I was able to get all the information needed from the document now.