get_child method

get_child(node_type, index, is_deep)

Returns an Nth child node that matches the specified type.

def get_child(self, node_type: aspose.words.NodeType, index: int, is_deep: bool):
Parameter Type Description
node_type NodeType
index int
is_deep bool

If index is out of range, a None is returned.

Note that markup nodes (NodeType.STRUCTURED_DOCUMENT_TAG and NodeType.SMART_TAG) are traversed even when =False and CompositeNode.get_child() is invoked for non-markup node type. For example if the first run in a para is wrapped in a StructuredDocumentTag, it will still be returned by CompositeNode.get_child()(NodeType.RUN, 0, False).


The child node that matches the criteria or None if no matching node is found.


Shows how to apply the properties of a table’s style directly to the table’s elements.

doc = aw.Document()
builder = aw.DocumentBuilder(doc)

table = builder.start_table()
builder.write("Hello world!")

table_style = doc.styles.add(aw.StyleType.TABLE, "MyTableStyle1").as_table_style()
table_style.row_stripe = 3
table_style.cell_spacing = 5
table_style.shading.background_pattern_color = drawing.Color.antique_white
table_style.borders.color =
table_style.borders.line_style = aw.LineStyle.DOT_DASH = table_style

# This method concerns table style properties such as the ones we set above.
doc.expand_table_styles_to_direct_formatting() + "Document.table_style_to_direct_formatting.docx")

Shows how to traverse through a composite node’s collection of child nodes.

doc = aw.Document()

# Add two runs and one shape as child nodes to the first paragraph of this document.
paragraph = doc.get_child(aw.NodeType.PARAGRAPH, 0, True).as_paragraph()
paragraph.append_child(aw.Run(doc, "Hello world! "))

shape = aw.drawing.Shape(doc, aw.drawing.ShapeType.RECTANGLE)
shape.width = 200
shape.height = 200
# Note that the 'custom_node_id' is not saved to an output file and exists only during the node lifetime.
shape.custom_node_id = 100
shape.wrap_type = aw.drawing.WrapType.INLINE

paragraph.append_child(aw.Run(doc, "Hello again!"))

# Iterate through the paragraph's collection of immediate children,
# and print any runs or shapes that we find within.
children = paragraph.child_nodes

self.assertEqual(3, paragraph.child_nodes.count)

for child in children:
    if child.node_type == aw.NodeType.RUN:
        print("Run contents:")

    elif child.node_type == aw.NodeType.SHAPE:
        child_shape = child.as_shape()
        print(f"\t{child_shape.shape_type}, {child_shape.width}x{child_shape.height}")

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