Aashiq Hussain Aashiq Hussain - 8 months ago 90
Python Question

How to read contents of an Table in MS-Word file Using Python?

How can I read and process contents of every cell of a table in a DOCX file?

I am using Python 3.2 on Windows 7 and PyWin32 to access the MS-Word Document.

I am a beginner so I don't know proper way to reach to table cells. So far I have just done this:

import win32com.client as win32
word = win32.gencache.EnsureDispatch('Word.Application')
word.Visible = False
doc = word.Documents.Open("MyDocument")


Here is what works for me in Python 2.7:

import win32com.client as win32
word = win32.Dispatch("Word.Application")
word.Visible = 0
doc = word.ActiveDocument

To see how many tables your document has:


Then, you can select the table you want by its index. Note that, unlike python, COM indexing starts at 1:

table = doc.Tables(1)

To select a cell:

table.Cell(Row = 1, Column= 1)

To get its content:

table.Cell(Row =1, Column =1).Range.Text

Hope that this helps.


An example of a function that returns Column index based on its heading:

def Column_index(header_text):
for i in range(1 , table.Columns.Count+1):
    if table.Cell(Row = 1,Column = i).Range.Text == header_text:
        return i

then you can access the cell you want this way for example:

table.Cell(Row =1, Column = Column_index("The Column Header") ).Range.Text