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Add, Map, And Employ a "Repeating Section"
Content Control (RSCC) in Word
(A Microsoft Word Help & Tip page by Gregory K. Maxey)


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This Microsoft Word Tips & Microsoft Word Help page demonstrates steps you can take to add, map and employ a repeating section content control in Word versions 2013 or higher documents using my Content Control Tools template add-in.


The repeating section content control (RSCC) is a content control enhancement introduced in Word 2013.  Using a RSCC, users can repeat multiple instances of content, including other content controls, in their documents.  The Content Control Tools add-in simplifies adding, mapping and employing a RSCC.


In this demonstration, I will create a Word table for listing information about a company product line including product name, UIC, unit of issue and price.


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1. If you are familiar with creating an XML script, you can add your own script to the document using "Add New Part ..." feature of the tools.


Add the CustomXMLPart


Select and delete all child node of the root node CC_Map_Root


Select the root node CC_Map_Root and append a new node


Define the node to append and click "Append"
This node serves as the parent node for the four required child nodes


Select the "Product" node repeating the steps illustrated above,
append the four required child nodes


Note: The append tool automatically converts spaces entered in the
Node name  field to underscore "_" characters

Select empty row


Select the "Product" node and insert a Repeating section content control


Define the content control title and ensure "Allow users to add and remove sections" is checked


Select the "Product_Name" node and insert a plain text content control


Define the content control title


Repeat the steps illustrated above to add and map the remaining plain text controls.

The repeating section content control shown above is completely mapped and ready to employ


Enter data for the first product item


Add, insert, remove sections as required


Why Map?

Repeating section content controls can be created and employed using Word's native user interface with or without the associated mapping that have I demonstrated here.

Mapping provides easily exportable data that can be used in other applications.  The data is stored in the defined document CustomXMLPart.  Using the "View XMLPart" feature of the tools, you can create an XML text file for this purpose.

Several years after publishing this tips page, I had a requirement to nest and map repeating section content controls within a parent repeating section content control.

Word's built-in user interface for appending or inserting a new parent repeating is completely inadequate for the task. Should you have a similar requirement, please contact me for compensated consulting work.


That's it! I hope you have found this tips page useful and informative.



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