Section class

Represents a single section in a document.

To learn more, visit the Working with Sections documentation article.

public sealed class Section : CompositeNode


Section(DocumentBase)Initializes a new instance of the Section class.


Body { get; }Returns the Body child node of the section.
Count { get; }Gets the number of immediate children of this node.
CustomNodeId { get; set; }Specifies custom node identifier.
virtual Document { get; }Gets the document to which this node belongs.
FirstChild { get; }Gets the first child of the node.
HasChildNodes { get; }Returns true if this node has any child nodes.
HeadersFooters { get; }Provides access to the headers and footers nodes of the section.
override IsComposite { get; }Returns true as this node can have child nodes.
LastChild { get; }Gets the last child of the node.
NextSibling { get; }Gets the node immediately following this node.
override NodeType { get; }Returns Section.
PageSetup { get; }Returns an object that represents page setup and section properties.
ParentNode { get; }Gets the immediate parent of this node.
PreviousSibling { get; }Gets the node immediately preceding this node.
ProtectedForForms { get; set; }True if the section is protected for forms. When a section is protected for forms, users can select and modify text only in form fields in Microsoft Word.
Range { get; }Returns a Range object that represents the portion of a document that is contained in this node.


override Accept(DocumentVisitor)Accepts a visitor.
override AcceptEnd(DocumentVisitor)
override AcceptStart(DocumentVisitor)
AppendChild<T>(T)Adds the specified node to the end of the list of child nodes for this node.
AppendContent(Section)Inserts a copy of content of the source section at the end of this section.
ClearContent()Clears the section.
ClearHeadersFooters()Clears the headers and footers of this section.
Clone()Creates a duplicate of this section.
Clone(bool)Creates a duplicate of the node.
CreateNavigator()Creates navigator which can be used to traverse and read nodes.
DeleteHeaderFooterShapes()Deletes all shapes (drawing objects) from the headers and footers of this section.
EnsureMinimum()Ensures that the section has Body with one Paragraph.
GetAncestor(NodeType)Gets the first ancestor of the specified NodeType.
GetAncestor(Type)Gets the first ancestor of the specified object type.
GetChild(NodeType, int, bool)Returns an Nth child node that matches the specified type.
GetChildNodes(NodeType, bool)Returns a live collection of child nodes that match the specified type.
GetEnumerator()Provides support for the for each style iteration over the child nodes of this node.
override GetText()Gets the text of this node and of all its children.
IndexOf(Node)Returns the index of the specified child node in the child node array.
InsertAfter<T>(T, Node)Inserts the specified node immediately after the specified reference node.
InsertBefore<T>(T, Node)Inserts the specified node immediately before the specified reference node.
NextPreOrder(Node)Gets next node according to the pre-order tree traversal algorithm.
PrependChild<T>(T)Adds the specified node to the beginning of the list of child nodes for this node.
PrependContent(Section)Inserts a copy of content of the source section at the beginning of this section.
PreviousPreOrder(Node)Gets the previous node according to the pre-order tree traversal algorithm.
Remove()Removes itself from the parent.
RemoveAllChildren()Removes all the child nodes of the current node.
RemoveChild<T>(T)Removes the specified child node.
RemoveSmartTags()Removes all SmartTag descendant nodes of the current node.
SelectNodes(string)Selects a list of nodes matching the XPath expression.
SelectSingleNode(string)Selects the first Node that matches the XPath expression.
ToString(SaveFormat)Exports the content of the node into a string in the specified format.
ToString(SaveOptions)Exports the content of the node into a string using the specified save options.


Section can have one Body and maximum one HeaderFooter of each HeaderFooterType. Body and HeaderFooter nodes can be in any order inside Section.

A minimal valid section needs to have Body with one Paragraph.

Each section has its own set of properties that specify page size, orientation, margins etc.

You can create a copy of a section using Clone. The copy can be inserted into the same or different document.

To add, insert or remove a whole section including section break and section properties use methods of the Sections object.

To copy and insert just content of the section excluding the section break and section properties use AppendContent and PrependContent methods.


Shows how to construct an Aspose.Words document by hand.

Document doc = new Document();

// A blank document contains one section, one body and one paragraph.
// Call the "RemoveAllChildren" method to remove all those nodes,
// and end up with a document node with no children.

// This document now has no composite child nodes that we can add content to.
// If we wish to edit it, we will need to repopulate its node collection.
// First, create a new section, and then append it as a child to the root document node.
Section section = new Section(doc);

// Set some page setup properties for the section.
section.PageSetup.SectionStart = SectionStart.NewPage;
section.PageSetup.PaperSize = PaperSize.Letter;

// A section needs a body, which will contain and display all its contents
// on the page between the section's header and footer.
Body body = new Body(doc);

// Create a paragraph, set some formatting properties, and then append it as a child to the body.
Paragraph para = new Paragraph(doc);

para.ParagraphFormat.StyleName = "Heading 1";
para.ParagraphFormat.Alignment = ParagraphAlignment.Center;


// Finally, add some content to do the document. Create a run,
// set its appearance and contents, and then append it as a child to the paragraph.
Run run = new Run(doc);
run.Text = "Hello World!";
run.Font.Color = Color.Red;

Assert.AreEqual("Hello World!", doc.GetText().Trim());

doc.Save(ArtifactsDir + "Section.CreateManually.docx");

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