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Adding a bookmark around the entire contents of a document


I am just trying to put a bookmark to surround the entire contents of a document. Here are two variants that I have tried:

static void AddBookMarksToDocument(Document doc, String bookmarkName)
int sectionCount = doc.Sections.Count;
if (sectionCount > 0)
var firstPara = doc.Sections[0].Body.FirstParagraph;
firstPara.PrependChild(new BookmarkStart(doc, bookmarkName));
var lasPara = doc.Sections[sectionCount - 1].Body.LastParagraph;
lasPara.AppendChild(new BookmarkEnd(doc, bookmarkName));

This works, but unfortunately if the document starts with a Table instead of a paragraph, the bookmark is added after the table instead of to the table. The second variant I tried:

static void SurroundDocumentWithBookmarks(Document doc, String bookmarkName)
int sectionCount = doc.Sections.Count;
if (sectionCount > 0)
var firstChild = doc.Sections[0].Body.FirstChild;
// Make sure that the node is either a paragraph or table.
if ((!firstChild.NodeType.Equals(NodeType.Paragraph)) &
throw new ArgumentException(“The first thing in the document should be a paragraph or table.”);

((CompositeNode)firstChild).PrependChild(new BookmarkStart(doc, bookmarkName));
//var firstRun = (firstPara.Runs.Count > 0) ? firstPara.Runs[0] : null;
//firstPara.InsertBefore(bs, firstRun);

var lastChild = doc.Sections[sectionCount - 1].Body.LastChild;
if ((!lastChild.NodeType.Equals(NodeType.Paragraph)) &
throw new ArgumentException(“The last thing in the document should be a paragraph or table.”);
((CompositeNode)lastChild).AppendChild(new BookmarkEnd(doc, bookmarkName));

Unfortunately this gives me "Cannot insert a node of this type at this location"

So I am a bit lost as to what I would have to do in order to bookmark the entire content of a document. Or failing that, a section. Any help appreciated.

Hi Simon,

Thanks for your inquiry. You can build on the following code to be able to bookmark whole content of document:

Document doc = new Document(MyDir + @“input.docx”);

DocumentBuilder builder = new DocumentBuilder(doc);

Paragraph startPara;

if (doc.FirstSection.Body.FirstChild.NodeType.Equals(NodeType.Table))


startPara = new Paragraph(doc);

startPara.ParagraphBreakFont.Size = 1;

startPara.ParagraphFormat.SpaceAfter = 0;

startPara.ParagraphFormat.SpaceBefore = 0;

startPara.Runs.Add(new Run(doc, ""));

doc.FirstSection.Body.FirstChild.ParentNode.InsertBefore(startPara, doc.FirstSection.Body.FirstChild);




startPara = doc.FirstSection.Body.FirstParagraph;



BookmarkStart start = builder.StartBookmark("bm");

BookmarkEnd end = builder.EndBookmark("bm");

startPara.InsertBefore(start, startPara.FirstChild);

doc.Save(MyDir + @"15.10.0.docx");

Hope, this helps.

Best regards,