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Getting Started

Creating your first template (v14) – XpressDox

This example will take you through how easy it is to convert a Word document into an XpressDox template (using XpressDox v14). First identify the variable text in the document that will become questions in your template.   Next, highlight some variable text, and click on the Question command in

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Most Often Used Commands

Learning XpressDox is a bit like learning a new language. It takes a little practice (and patience) to become fluent. Although there are many commands at your fingertips, this article addresses some of the most common ones. Start here and you will be well on your well to authoring great templates!

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Keyboard shortcuts to XpressDox functions

Learn how to assign keyboard shortcuts to your most frequently used XpressDox buttons using Microsoft’s customizable Quick Access Toolbar. This Quick Access Toolbar is always visible regardless of which ribbon is currently displayed, making it easier to access your favorite buttons.

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Decide on data element naming conventions

Putting some thought into how you name your data elements has a huge pay off later on. The re-use of data is a big advantage in document automation but this can only be done if the data element names are the same. Consistency is key.

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The Command Assistant

The Command Assistant (or Command Editor) empowers the template author by presenting a list of all the XpressDox commands, with functionality which provides wizards for completion of the command as well as supplying examples of those commands. The Command Editor also provides functionality for easily selecting the correct data element

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Search for a file using the Explorer

The XpressDox Explorer does not contain an explicit “Search” function.  Nonetheless, you can search in the currently open folder for a file, using the Windows file system’s wild card syntax. The example below demonstrates how the wild card string *letter*.xdtpl will list all (and only) XpressDox templates with the string

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Tips for Authoring Templates – Part 2

One thing that you need when authoring, and especially testing, a template is an easy way to make sure that the fillpoints that you have coded into the template are completed correctly.  This is fine if the template is fairly short.  But when you have a long template (and that’s

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Moving around in XpressDox: The Explorer

“If I were going to Limerick, I wouldn’t be starting here”, an Irishman told a tourist. Yet it can be like that with the Microsoft file and folder explorers, which often enough open far away from where you want to be. The XpressDox Explorer solves this problem for you.

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