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Copy Table Style, Clear Cell Formatting & Apply Built-In Table Style to Specified Table using C# .NET API

Now,I have “old.docx” and “new.docx”:
1.var oldDoc = new Document("old.docx"); var newDoc = new Document("new.docx") { AttachedTemplate = "old.docx", AutomaticallyUpdateSyles = true };
2. Then,I want to apply the old.docx’s specified table style to the new.docx’s tables,the code might be this:
var oldTable = oldDoc.GetChildNodes(NodeType.Table, true).OfType<Table>().FirstOrDefault(x => x.ParentNode.NodeType != NodeType.HeaderFooter && x.Rows.Count > 0); var newtables = newDoc.GetChildNodes(NodeType.Table, true).OfType<Table>().ToList(); foreach (var table in newtables ) { table.Style = oldTable.Style ; }
The whole process looks something like this, but the newtables’style haven’t change.
How to solve this problem?


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ApplyTableStyle.zip (5.3 MB)


We tested the scenario and have managed to reproduce the same problem on our end. For the sake of any correction, we have logged this problem in our issue tracking system. The ID of this issue is WORDSNET-19644. We will further look into the details of this problem and will keep you updated on the status of correction. We apologize for your inconvenience.


Regarding WORDSNET-19644, it is to update you that we have completed the analysis of this issue and the root cause has been identified. In the meantime, while you are waiting for a fix, please use the following code as a workaround:

Document oldDoc = new Document("E:\\Temp\\ApplyTableStyle\\old.docx");
Document newDoc = new Document("E:\\Temp\\ApplyTableStyle\\new.docx");

Style oldStyle = oldDoc.Styles["Table Grid"];

newDoc.Styles["Table Grid"].Remove();
Style newStyle = newDoc.Styles.AddCopy(oldStyle);

Table targetTable = newDoc.FirstSection.Body.Tables[0];
targetTable.Style = newStyle;

// Reset direct formatting.
foreach (Row row in targetTable.Rows)
    foreach (Cell cell in row.Cells)

// Also it is better to copy conditional formatting settings which specifies 
// the components of the conditional formatting of the referenced table style
// which shall be applied to the current table. It may affect the table appearance.
targetTable.StyleOptions = oldDoc.FirstSection.Body.Tables[0].StyleOptions;


Hope, this helps.