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How to Convert Publisher Document to Word Document

Updated March 23, 2017

Publisher is the desktop publishing program in Microsoft Office. It allows users to layout and design different types of publications, such as newsletters. Word is the word processing application in the MS Office suite, which allows users to create documents and edit text. You can convert a Publisher document to a Word document by the following steps.

Launch Publisher and open the document that you want to convert to a Word document. Use the "File" menu to select the "Open" option. Locate the folder where the Publisher document saved, using the "Look in" menu, highlight the document name and click once on the "Open" button.

Use the "File" menu to select the "Save As" option. Choose the folder where you want to save the converted Word document using the "Save in" menu.

Use the "Save as type" drop down menu to select the version of Word for the converted Publisher file. The versions include: "Word 97-2003 & 6.0/95," "Word 2007, "Word 97-2003" and "Word 2007 Macro-enabled" documents.

Name the converted Word document by typing in the "File name" field. While Publisher will populate this field with the name of the Publisher source document, it can be changed by highlighting and typing over the text. Click once on the "Save" button.

Launch Word and open the converted Publisher document. Use the "File" menu to select the "Open" option. Locate the folder where you saved the document using the "Look in" drop down menu. Highlight the document and click once on the "Open" button.

Things You'll Need

  • MS Publisher
  • MS Word
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Cooper Temple has over 15 years of experience writing procedural and training material for a Fortune 500 company. His articles specialize in productivity programs and other business-related software.