<saveFormsData> (Only Save Form Field Content)

This element specifies that saving the contents of this document shall only save the contents of WordprocessingML form fields defined using the FORMTEXT, FORMCHECKBOX, and FORMDROPDOWN field codes in a comma-delimited text format which does not conform to this Office Open XML Standard (i.e. it is a one-way export from a WordprocessingML document).

[: This setting is typically used to allow duplication of paper forms in electronic WordprocessingML document form, allowing the resulting content to be extracted as a comma-delimited text file. ]

If this element is omitted, then the contents of the entire document (not just form fields) should be saved according to the definition of WordprocessingML in this Office Open XML Standard.


If the only content which shall be saved are the form fields' contents, this requirement is specified using the following WordprocessingML in the document settings:

<w:saveFormsData w:val="true" />

The <saveFormsData> element's @val attribute as a value of true, specifying that only form field data shall be saved, resulting in output as follows in a text file:


Parent Elements




<val> (On/Off Value)

Specifies a binary value for the property defined by the parent XML element.

A value of on, 1, or true specifies that the property shall be explicitly applied. This is the default value for this attribute, and is implied when the parent element is present, but this attribute is omitted.

A value of off, 0, or false specifies that the property shall be explicitly turned off.

<w:… w:val="off"/>

The @val attribute explicitly declares that the property is turned off. ]

The possible values for this attribute are defined by the ST_OnOff simple type (§2.18.67).

The following XML Schema fragment defines the contents of this element:

<complexType name="CT_OnOff">
	<attribute name="val" type="ST_OnOff"/>