HTML to Word Document

by Anni Martin

Several ways exist to convert a hypertext markup language (HTML) file to Microsoft Word. Because HTML web pages and Word are based on different formatting codes, expect to do some editing after conversion.

Option I

For some web pages, you can use Internet Explorer (IE) to convert an HTML page to Word. Use Internet Explorer to open a web page you want to convert. Click on the “File” menu, and select “Edit with Microsoft Word.” Word opens automatically, and the web page appears in Word for you to edit.

Option II

Another option is to use either IE or Firefox, and save a website’s text. Click on the “File” menu in either program, and select “Save As” or “Save Page As.” In the dialog box, click “Save as Type” and select the "Text Only" option. You can open the plain text document in Word, but you will need to copy and paste the graphics into your document.

Utility Programs

HTML pages can also be converted to Word by using a free online conversion utility, such as CoolUtil’s Free Online HTML Converter program, or you can download and install free software converters, such as Software995’s OmniFormat. You enter in the URL and have the utility tool convert the page to a Word document.

Shareware Programs

You can also convert HTML pages to Word by downloading and installing shareware software, such as YPGSoft’s Windows HTML to Word 2010 or Allimagetool Software’s HTML to Word Doc RTF Converter. Once installed, you can convert web pages to either Word document files or Rich Text Format (RTF) documents for use in Microsoft Word.

About the Author

Translating technical jargon into everyday English is one of Anni Martin’s specialties. She is an educator and writer who spent over 13 years teaching and creating documentation at the University of Missouri. She holds a Master’s Degree in educational technology as well as Bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Missouri.

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