Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Where Does Your Document Get Its Design?
The _rels folder contains information about the relationship between the various
elements in the file; each of the xml files contains information that tells Word 2010 how to
create the document on the screen.
A document is now stored in individual document parts, such as headers, footers,
endnotes, styles, and media. This new functionality gives developers the ability to create
new Word documents as well as access and alter data without going through the Word
application. For example, if an address or logo stored in the header of several
documents changes, the headers can be updated without the need to open each document
in Word to make the modification. What this means to you as a Word 2010 user is that
the content you create and edit in your Word 2010 documents can be used in a variety
of ways. In addition, elements such as templates and themes that you apply to your
content can be changed easily to meet different goals.
An Update on Office Open XML
W ord 2007 included a Custom XML feature that stirred up a legal challenge for
Microsoft, and as a result of a court ruling (which as of this writing is being
appealed), Microsoft has opted to remove the Custom XML feature from outstanding
Word 2007 versions. The Custom XML feature is not part of Word 2010.
Word 2007 users can install a patch that renders the software unable to read any
Custom XML elements within .docx, .docm, or .xml files. This change will not affect the
majority of Word users; the feature is used primarily in server-based word
processing tasks. To get the patch, find “2007 Microsoft Office Supplement Release (Octo-
ber 2009)” at the Microsoft OEM Partner Center ( http://oem.microsoft.com/Script/
For a more in-depth look at creating and editing documents in the Office Open XML
Format, see Advanced Microsoft Office Documents 2007 Edition Inside Out by Stephanie Krieger
(Microsoft Press, 2007).