How to Convert an MS Word Doc to Plain Text

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Microsoft Word allows documents to be converted into many formats, including plain text. Saving in plain text strips away any text customization, including text color and font, but plain text is compatible with many other word processing programs. To convert a Microsoft Word document to plain text, start Microsoft Word and use its "Save As..." feature to change the file type.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word (any version)
  • .doc file
  • Start Microsoft Word. Go to "File" and click "Open." Open any .doc file. For Microsoft Word 2007, click the Microsoft Office button, go to "Open" and select any .doc file.

  • Click "File" and select "Save As...." For Microsoft Word 2007, click the Microsoft Office button again and go to "Save As...." A pop-up box will ask for the new file's file name. Enter the new file's name in the text box to the right of "File name."

  • Click the "down" arrow on the drop-down menu next to "Save as type." Scroll down to ".txt" and click it once. Press "Save" to convert the file to plain text.

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