How To Convert Microsoft Word Files

Microsoft Word is by far the most popular and used word processing program on the globe. Most people grew up with the earlier versions of Microsoft Word, and have seen the many changes it has made over the decades. Many computer geeks have a preference and nostalgia for one version of Microsoft Word over the other ones.

There have been some gripes and groans over changes that Microsoft has made, but for the most part, the general consensus is that Microsoft Word gets better and better, and more sophisticated, with each new version that comes out year after year.

There are many great things to say about the Microsoft Word platform: it is reliable and consistent, fairly intuitive and easy to learn, practical and it is considered the industry standard when it comes to the word procession industry and field.

But, when it comes to converting Microsoft Word files (whether it be from one version of Word to another, or from across different operating systems and platforms) it can get a little confusing and frustrating. Here is a simple breakdown of how anyone can go about converting Microsoft Word files and documents without pulling out their hair:

The Batch Conversion Wizard

This is the way that is recommended the most by Microsoft to its users, consumers and customers. The Batch Wizard is a converter program that can transform a Word document to and from different versions of the default format (.doc and .docx,) and it can also convert a file into other formats (.pdf, .txt, .rtf, .jpeg, etc.) It is a really handy tool because it pretty much guarantees that you will never run into another problem with file exchanges across platforms and operating systems.

It is pretty much like having a universal language library, in which you can pretty much communicate with whomever you wish, no matter their location.

Not only can the Batch Conversion Wizard do that, it can also allow you to change anything you want into a Word (.doc or .docx) format, so as long as you have Microsoft Word, you’d be able to read all kinds of text-based files, and even some image-based files, as well.

Other Options

There are also plenty of free downloads for file converters that can be found online. These converters are just as reliable as the Batch Conversion Wizard and are often very easy to learn and to use. Really, if your end goal is to just do basic file conversions, you cannot go wrong with either of the options discussed above.

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