Convert InDesign to Word, it’s a request most graphic designers have heard before – when your client says “actually, we’d like to be able to edit this file ourselves, can you give this to me in Microsoft Word?
The thing is, while Adobe Creative Suite is the go-to for designers and branding agencies, most clients don’t have or even know how to use these expensive, complicated applications. Microsoft Office is the standard for documents and presentations, with Word and PowerPoint being used by millions of businesses daily.
As you may already know, there is no way to convert InDesign to Word directly. However, it is possible to export your InDesign file using Acrobat and then save that as a Word document. Here’s how:
Export from InDesign to PDF
Open the file in InDesign and choose File > Export. In the Save As menu, select Adobe PDF (Print) as your file format. Then open your PDF in Acrobat Pro.
Export to DOC
In Acrobat Pro, go to File > Export To > Microsoft Word, and select Word document. In the Save As dialogue, click on the Settings button to tweak attributes such as Layout Settings and Image Settings. Then hit the Save button, and give it a few seconds to complete the conversion!
Don’t have Acrobat Pro? No worries, there are several free tools just a Google search away. Nitro is a great PDF to Word converter that you can try free for 14 days.
Converting InDesign to Word in this manner will only result in an editable Word document. Keep in mind that this is a fairly rudimentary file conversion and it will not be a perfect replica.
If you need to convert your InDesign file for business purposes and brand consistency is key, then quality isn’t something you want to cut corners on. The best way to convert an InDesign file to Word is to create a brand new template with all the design elements built in. We’ll discuss that in more depth in a future post.
If you need help with converting files from InDesign to Word and brand consistency is paramount, then contact us. We are experts in translating design concepts to Microsoft Office templates, both in Word and Powerpoint.