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Opens a word file from file.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server iOS SDK
WordFile 5.4 ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
MBS( "WordFile.OpenFile"; Path )   More


Parameter Description Example
Path The file path for the word file. "C:\test\test.docx"


Returns reference number or error.


Opens a word file from file.
Can be a docx or a xml file.
Reference numbers for WordFiles start at 46000.

Does not work for old .doc files!
May break if newer versions of Microsoft Word or Office change the docx file format.
May also work for docm files.

This function requires a native path. Use Path.FileMakerPathToNativePath to convert a FileMaker path to a native path if required. If you like to have the user choose the path, you can use FileDialog functions.
For Server be aware that server has limited permissions and may not be able to access all files on a computer.


Opens file:

Set Variable [$WordFile; Value:MBS("WordFile.OpenFile"; "/Users/cs/Desktop/Test1.xml")]

Opens a docx file:

Set Variable [$WordFile; Value:MBS("WordFile.OpenFile"; "/Users/cs/Desktop/Test.docx")]

See also

This function checks for a license.

Created 5th November 2015, last changed 2nd November 2023

WordFile.OpenContainer - WordFile.OpenText