Following are issues that may occur when working with Flare and Microsoft Word.
- Tables have an extra blank paragraph beneath them in Microsoft Word output
- Import error when importing Microsoft Word documents into Flare
- When importing from Microsoft Word, artwork and image effects do not come across
Tables have an extra blank paragraph beneath them in Microsoft Word output
In generated Microsoft Word output, tables have an extra blank paragraph beneath them even if there is no paragraph inserted in the code.
This is a bug in Flare that converts non-zero settings on the "margin-bottom" style property value to a paragraph when the content is generated in Microsoft Word.
Perform the following steps.
- From the Content Explorer, open the stylesheet that you want to modify.
In the local toolbar, make sure the first button displays . If the button displays instead, then click it.
- In the upper-left corner of the editor, click in the Show Styles field and select from the drop-down menu, select Show Table Styles.
- On the left side of the editor, expand the table group.
- Select the table style you are using for the tables in Microsoft Word output.
From the Show drop-down list on the upper-right side of the editor, select .
- (Optional) You can use the toggle button in the local toolbar to show properties below in a group view or an alphabetical view .
If you are using the group view, expand the Box group.
- Change the margin-bottom property to 0.
Click to save your work.
- Regenerate the Microsoft Word output. The extra paragraphs below tables will not appear.
Import error when importing microsoft word documents into Flare
When importing Microsoft Word projects into a Flare project, Flare displays the following error message:
Error converting the following document:
The document can not be imported to Flare unless Microsoft Word can save the file in XML format.
Cause and Solution
This error can have the following causes.
This error appears because the Microsoft Word document being imported has its attribute set to "Read-only". Flare cannot save a Microsoft Word document in XML format when its attribute is set to "Read-only", and therefore cannot import it into a project.
Set the attribute of the Microsoft Word document being imported to "Read-only". Perform the following steps.
- In the Windows Explorer, navigate to the location of the Microsoft Word file that you want to import into Flare.
- Right-click the file and from the context menu, select Properties.
- In the Attributes section, click the Read-only check box so that it is unchecked.
- Click Apply.
- Click OK.
- Import the Microsoft Word document into Flare. The error will not appear.
The macros set in the Microsoft Word document are causing problems with the import process.
Disable the macros in the Microsoft Word document.
The document needs to be converted to XML format.
Save the document as an XML document, then save it again as a Microsoft Word document.
- In Microsoft Word, select File > Save As.
- In the Save as type field, select Word XML Document.
- Click Save.
- Repeat steps 1 through 3, but in the Save as type field, select Word Document.
- Open Flare and import the Microsoft Word document. The error should not appear.
For more information see Importing Word Files.
When importing from Microsoft Word, artwork and image effects do not come across
If you apply certain special effects or artwork (e.g., arrows) to images in Word and then import them into Flare, those effects will not be retained. For example, a rotated image will return to its straight, original state. However, there are some workarounds (listed below) that may allow you to keep the effects or artwork. As for text floating around images, this effect is not supported in Flare. When you import from Word, the text is added below the image.
Try the following.
Apply another effect such as a shadow or 3-D to the image in Word (e.g., add a shadow to a rotated image that you want to keep). This forces Word to save the image as an entirely new image with the effects.
- Save the Word document as a web page (HTML file).
- Manually copy that HTM file into the Flare folder.
- Open it within Flare.