How to Add XSLT Data Viewer to MS Word


Extensible Stylesheet Language Transforms (XSLT) files convert XML style sheets from one format into the next. For web designers, these style sheets control how an entire website looks, so having them in the correct format is critical. Because XSLT is text-based code, adding a viewer for XSLT data in Microsoft Word is simple. Though you cannot open an XSLT file as you would a regular Word document, another, lesser-known Word command will transform it into Word-viewable data automatically.

  • Select "Open" from the "File" menu.

  • Click "Open with Transform." This lets you access the data viewer.

  • Select "XML Transforms (.xsl; .xslt)" next to "Files of type."

  • Select the XSLT file you wish to open.

Tips & Warnings

  • By default, Word will save the document to its own DOCX format. To keep it as an XSLT, add ".xslt" (no quotes) to the file name when you save.


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