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How to load Microsoft Office files

The Microsoft Office suite of productivity software includes Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft OneNote. It is available for Microsoft Windows and macOS operating systems. It is also available on Android and iOS.

This covers how to load commonly used file formats including DOCX, XLSX and PPTX documents into a LangChain Document object that we can use downstream.

Loading DOCX, XLSX, PPTX with AzureAIDocumentIntelligenceLoader​

Azure AI Document Intelligence (formerly known as Azure Form Recognizer) is machine-learning based service that extracts texts (including handwriting), tables, document structures (e.g., titles, section headings, etc.) and key-value-pairs from digital or scanned PDFs, images, Office and HTML files. Document Intelligence supports PDF, JPEG/JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, HEIF, DOCX, XLSX, PPTX and HTML.

This current implementation of a loader using Document Intelligence can incorporate content page-wise and turn it into LangChain documents. The default output format is markdown, which can be easily chained with MarkdownHeaderTextSplitter for semantic document chunking. You can also use mode="single" or mode="page" to return pure texts in a single page or document split by page.


An Azure AI Document Intelligence resource in one of the 3 preview regions: East US, West US2, West Europe - follow this document to create one if you don't have. You will be passing <endpoint> and <key> as parameters to the loader.

%pip install --upgrade --quiet  langchain langchain-community azure-ai-documentintelligence

from langchain_community.document_loaders import AzureAIDocumentIntelligenceLoader

file_path = "<filepath>"
endpoint = "<endpoint>"
key = "<key>"
loader = AzureAIDocumentIntelligenceLoader(
api_endpoint=endpoint, api_key=key, file_path=file_path, api_model="prebuilt-layout"

documents = loader.load()

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