PowerTools for Open XML consists of example code and guidance for implementing various types of functionality using the Open XML document format. At one level, PowerTools for Open XML consists of PowerShell cmdlets that enable you to process Open XML documents in interesting ways. At a deeper level, PowerTools provides C# source code that shows how to implement some interesting functionality using Open XML.

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PowerTools for Open XML was first released in June, 2008. Some of the content listed below applies to version 1.0 or 1.0 of PowerTools for Open XML. That content is still relevant to PowerTools for Open XML 2.0, so you may find it interesting to review that material. Our goal is to update all of those blog posts and screen-casts, so that all material is specifically relevant to PowerTools for Open XML 2.2 (and beyond). As those old blog posts are rewritten, we will post that content here on OpenXMLDeveloper.org, and will update the links below appropriately.

PowerTools for Open XML 2.2



Announcing the release of PowerTools for Open XML 2.2

Highlights the key enhancements of PowerTools for Open XML version 2.2.


Download the PowerTools for Open XML 2.2.1 source code from CodePlex. The new version includes a spreadsheet pivot table example.

Screen-cast: Building, installing, and running PowerTools for Open XML 2.2

Short screen-cast that shows how to build and install PowerTools 2.2. Shows running a cmdlet to verify that the installation worked properly.

PowerTools for Open XML 2.0 Cmdlets

List of PowerTools for Open XML 2.2 cmdlets, with a short description of each one. Several of the cmdlets now have screen-casts recorded for them, so this is a good place to find out more about all of the cmdlets.

PowerTools 2.2 Code Design and Organization

Shows technical overview of the new code for PowerTools 2.2 cmdlets and core code.

Screen-Cast: Functional Programming Utility Methods and Classes for Open XML

Screen-cast that walks through the functions and classes in PtUtil.cs, which contains utility functionality that make it easier to work with Open XML using LINQ to XML.

Screen-Cast Creating Excel Pivot Tables Screen-cast shows how to use the PowerTools methods to create pivot tables for Excel.
Screen-Cast Open XML Code to Create Pivot Tables Screen-cast shows the Open XML code and elements needed to create a pivot table from scratch for Excel.

DocumentBuilder 2.0

DocumentBuilder 2.0 is a very important part of PowerTools for Open XML, and has its own resource center:

DocumentBuilder Resource Center

PowerTools for Open XML 1.1



Announcing the Release of PowerTools for Open XML V1.1

An introduction to PowerTools for Open XML 1.1.

Move/Insert/Delete Paragraphs in Word Processing Documents using the Open XML SDK

Provides a detailed explanation of DocumentBuilder 1.1.

Accepting Revisions in Open XML WordprocessingML Documents

Discusses the RevisionAccepter class.


PowerTools for Open XML 1.0



Automated Processing of Open XML Documents using PowerShell

An introduction to PowerTools for Open XML 1.0.