Use a third-party converter to import and export files

You can use form template importers to import files from other programs, and then use those files as Microsoft Office InfoPath form templates (form template: In InfoPath, a file or set of files that defines the data structure, appearance, and behavior of a form.). You can use form template exporters to export InfoPath form templates for use in other programs.

This article explains how to locate importers and exporters from third-party companies and individuals who list services on Microsoft Office Marketplace. It also describes how to use those importers and exporters in InfoPath.

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Browse for third-party converters on Office Marketplace

On the Microsoft Office Marketplace Web site, you can look for form template importers and exporters that are created by third-party providers. Use the following procedure to connect to the Office Marketplace Web site.

  1. On the File menu, click Import Form.
  2. In the Select the import method to use list on the first page of the Import Wizard, click Search for form template converters on Office Marketplace.

 Note   To browse for an importer, your computer must be connected to the Internet.

  1. When prompted to close the Import Wizard, click Yes.

The Office Marketplace Web site opens and displays a list of available third-party converters that can be used in InfoPath.

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Use a third-party importer to import a form into InfoPath

Form template importers make it possible for you to create an InfoPath form template from a document or form in another format. InfoPath includes two form template importers, which enable you to convert an existing Microsoft Office Excel workbook or Microsoft Office Word document into an InfoPath form template. You may be able to optionally download other importers from the Office Marketplace site.

 Note   To complete this procedure, you must have already installed a third-party importer.

  1. On the File menu, click Import Form.
  2. In the Select the import method to use list on the first page of the Import Wizard, click a previously installed importer, and then click Next.
  3. Follow the instructions in the Import Wizard to finish importing the file.

 Note   The functionality of the resulting form template depends on the particular importer. In some cases, after the form template has been imported, you may need to manually create the data source (data source: The collection of fields and groups that define and store the data for an InfoPath form. Controls in the form are bound to the fields and groups in the data source.) for the new form template, and then bind the controls on the form template to fields (field: An element or attribute in the data source that can contain data. If the field is an element, it can contain attribute fields. Fields store the data that is entered into controls.) or groups (group: An element in the data source that can contain fields and other groups. Controls that contain other controls, such as repeating tables and sections, are bound to groups.) in the data source.

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Use a third-party exporter to export a form from InfoPath

Form template exporters let you create forms and documents in other formats from a form template that is open in InfoPath design mode (design mode: The InfoPath design environment in which you can create or modify a form template.).

 Note    To complete this procedure, you must have already installed a third-party exporter.

  1. In design mode, open the form template that you want to export.
  2. On the File menu, click Export Form.
  3. In the Select the export method to use list on the first page of the Export Wizard, click a previously installed exporter, and then click Next.
  4. Follow the instructions in the Export Wizard to finish exporting the form template.

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Applies to:
InfoPath 2007