How to batch convert doc to docx

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How to batch convert doc to docx
Converting old Word documents into the new "DOCX" format is easy, no matter which means you use. (typing #6 image by Adam Borkowski from

When Word 2007 debuted as part of Microsoft's relaunched "Office" productivity suite, it was with a new design, new navigation menus, and a new format type. Files bearing the extension ".DOCX" are optimised to work with the new software. If you've just upgraded to Word 2007, then, you may want to convert your existing ".DOC" files to ".DOCX" to ensure they're compatible with all Word 2007's features and functionalities. You can employ several different methods for doing so, according to how comfortable you are with certain computer processes.

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Things you need

  • Microsoft Word 2007
  • Batch document converter software (Section 1)
  • Microsoft "Migration Manager" (Section 2)
  • Microsoft "Office Compatibility Pack" (Section 2)

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  1. 1

    Download and install any of the three "Batch Document Converter" programs listed under "Resources." Each of these programs will allow you to select a large number of ".DOC" files and convert them, with the touch of a button, to ".DOCX" format.

  2. 2

    Move all your ".DOC" files to a single folder, then run the program of your choice. Click the "Browse" button to browse your computer's hard drive for the folder which contains all your documents. Hold down the "Shift" and "Down Arrow" keys at the same time to select all of them, then click "Open."

  3. 3

    Select ".DOCX" from the "Select Output Format" menu, then select an "Output" location from your hard drive. Verify your list of documents and click "Convert."

  1. 1

    Move all your Microsoft Word documents to the same folder. Double-click inside Windows Explorer's "Address Bar" to select the folder location, then hold down the "Ctrl" and "C" keys at the same time to copy the folder address from the address bar of Windows Explorer.

  2. 2

    Download and install Microsoft's "Migration Manager" and "Office Compatibility" pack using the fourth and fifth links in the Resources section, respectively, making sure to save the files in your "C" drive's "Office" directory. Open up the "Office" directory, then right-click the file "ofc.ini" and select "Notepad" from the "Open With" submenu. Type the text "fldr=c:\" into the document and hold down "Ctrl" and "V" at the same time to paste in the location of your documents directly after it. Save and close the document.

  3. 3

    Double-click inside Windows Explorer's "Address Bar" to select the address of the folder containing "ofc.ini." Hold down "Ctrl" and "C" at the same time to copy it.

  4. 4

    Access the "Command Prompt" by opening the "Start" menu and click "Run." Type "cmd" (no quotes) into the box, then click the "OK" button.

  5. 5

    Hold down the "Ctrl" and "V" keys at the same time to paste your folder address into the "Command Prompt." Notice that the file "ofc.exe" pops up. Hit the "Enter" key to run this application. Within moments, all the ".DOC" files you placed into your folder of choice will be ".DOCX" files. Close out of "Command Prompt" once you see the text "Conversion Complete."

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't want to use software or enter your computer's "Command Prompt," you can open each of your ".DOC" documents individually in Word 2007---if you have a manageable number of them. Drop-down the file menu and click "Save As." Select "Microsoft Word 2007 Document" from the "Save As Type:" menu within the dialogue box, then click the "Save" button.

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