How to convert an InDesign document to a Word document
There is no option to export an Adobe InDesign document to a Microsoft Word document. You must first export the InDesign document to PDF and then convert the PDF to a Word document either in Acrobat or Word itself. This is most likely to be of use for a short document with a “graphical” layout.
- From Adobe InDesign export the document to an Adobe PDF document.
File > Export > Save as type – Adobe PDF (Print)
- From Adobe Acrobat DC (NOT Adobe Reader) export the PDF to a Microsoft Word document.
File > Export To > Microsoft Word > Word Document.
- Open the Word document in Microsoft Word.
File > Open.
Alternatively, open the PDF directly in Word, although this is not likely to be as successful as exporting from Acrobat.
- If you’re lucky the Word document may look superficially like the original document but the lack of styles, headers and footers, tables of content etc. mean it probably won’t function terribly well.
- Try editing the document in Word and watch it fall apart. Worse still, trying adding new content.
- Contact David Price at Office Templates to “reverse engineer” a proper solution in Word that includes:
- styles for characters, paragraphs and tables
- colour and font themes
- headers and footers
- tables of content
- linked content controls mapped to XML
- ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar customisation
- VBA macro commands
- … and more