OK, so this maybe isn’t something you should do every day.
But what when you yourself have a set of Word doc files that, for many strange reason best recognized to your bosses, need urgently converting into text. Maybe the computer program you utilize on the job doesn’t like all of the strange markup that Word adds. Whatever.
Well, if you’ve just got a few files to convert then it’s probably easiest to do them by hand. Load them into Microsoft Word and choose Save As from convert files the file menu. Then save them as text and ignore all of the dire warnings about losing the formatting that’s been so slavishly entered to the doc files.
If you’ve got a dozen or two doc files, this starts to have laborious. So you may consider recording a macro. Turn up the help system in Word and have a go at it. I really hope you have better luck than I actually do!
As soon as you reach 20 or 30 or even more doc files, then the necessity to automate their conversion into text files becomes more urgent. A fast search in your chosen search engine reveals that a lot of programs want you to convert your Word doc files into PDF format. If you wish to accomplish that, download a copy of Open Office and you are able to export PDFs to your heart’s content.
If your need would be to convert folders saturated in doc files into plain old text files, you then should invest in one of many converters out there. Prices begin from a handful of dollars right up to levels that’ll make your accountant turn a nasty shade of white!