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Converting InDesign to Word


Senior Member
Hi guys, weve just finished an annual report here at the studio I work in, and need to convert it to a word document for our client. I dont really want to have to copy and paste it across. Also, the indesign file includes some tables and some tabbed areas so does anyone know a quick and easy way of getting this into word without loosing the formatting?


Junior Member
There isn't really a quick and simple way to do it, unless you JPG every page in your InDesign file and place into Word but that makes putting it in Word pointless!

I think you might have to do copy and paste and reformat but could import the tables as JPGs if they don't need to be editable. Unfortunately, I don't think there is a quick way of doing it, unless anyone else has any ideas.

I have had a client ask for this before and when we told them how much it would cost due to the time it would take, they suddenly weren't so bothered about having it in Word!!


Active Member
If you make it a PDF and have acrobat professional you can export from there as a rich text document... might do the trick.


Senior Member
Thanks guys,
We have tried your suggestion Andy but it scattered text boxes all over the page, it was impossible to see if any content was missing. It also couldn't handle the tables sadly.

As for the cost akemi, that's not enough of a deterrent for our client as it's a legal requirement that they submit the r&a to hmrc as a word document so there's no avoiding it!
You can export as a word doc too on acrobat pro but I'm on CS5 so I'm not sure if that's a new feature.

It might not work exactly right but it might cut down on some of the work


Senior Member
Thanks Tom. did try that but again, it scattered text boxes across the page and couldnt handle the tables. Its impossible to accurately tell if anything has dropped off the page without manually checking each page which would take too long.


Senior Member
Dont think its that Ross, as far as Im aware, there is a new requirement from the government that all Annual Reports need to be submitted to HMRC in a particular specialised format. To do this, the financial institution has to buy new software (cost about £5000!) which they upload the word doc. to and this software in turn converts it and submits it to the new HMRC system. Its a legal requirement. So as far as I know, they only file type this new system will accept is a word doc!