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API to Create Table Styles in Word Document Programmatically


I am using Aspose.Words 10.5 to create Word Documents. However, when I attempt to create a new Table Style, I receive an error stating “Cannot create table styles. Parameter name: type”, with no other information.

I’m attempting to create a table style using the following code:

style = documentNode.Styles.Add(StyleType.Table, "t" + domStyle.Id.Value);

style is an Aspose.Words.Style object,
_documentNode is an Aspose.Words.Document object.
domStyle.Id.Value is a string.

I am able to create Paragraph and Character styles just fine, but not Tables. The constructor looks like it’s just the enum StyleType and a string. Could you tell me what I’m doing incorrectly?

Hi David,

Thanks for your inquiry.

I’m afraid creating new tables is unsupported. Currently you can use any of the in-built table styles and any table style defined within the template.

I have linked your request to the appropriate issue. We will inform you as soon as there are any developments.


The issues you have found earlier (filed as WORDSNET-5312) have been fixed in this Aspose.Words for .NET 19.6 update and this Aspose.Words for Java 19.6 update.


Please use the following code of Aspose.Words for .NET API to be able to programmatically create a new Table style in MS Word documents:

Add Table Style in DOCX file - use TableStyle Class to specify Settings for Table

Document doc = new Document();
DocumentBuilder builder = new DocumentBuilder(doc);

Table table = builder.StartTable();

TableStyle tableStyle = (TableStyle)doc.Styles.Add(StyleType.Table, "MyTableStyle1");
tableStyle.AllowBreakAcrossPages = true;
tableStyle.Bidi = true;
tableStyle.CellSpacing = 5.0;
tableStyle.BottomPadding = 20.0;
tableStyle.LeftPadding = 5;
tableStyle.RightPadding = 10;
tableStyle.TopPadding = 20.0;
tableStyle.Shading.BackgroundPatternColor = Color.AntiqueWhite;
tableStyle.Borders.Color = Color.Black;
tableStyle.Borders.LineStyle = LineStyle.DotDash;

table.Style = tableStyle;

// Some Table attributes are linked to style variables
Assert.AreEqual(true, table.Bidi);
Assert.AreEqual(5.0, table.CellSpacing);
Assert.AreEqual("MyTableStyle1", table.StyleName);


The above C# code will add a formatted Table in Word document as shown in following screenshot: