There are at least two different ways to convert HTML to Word, depending on what you have to work with. I will assume you have your own reasons for wanting to make the conversion, such as needing more formatting options. Here’s how to make the conversion quickly and easily.
To do this, you only need Word and possibly a Web browser. You won’t need any additional tools or software to make the conversion work.
Convert HTML to Word with a local file
If you have the HTML stored on your local computer, the easiest way to convert HTML to Word in that case is by loading it directly into Word.
One easy way to load it is to right-click on the file in Windows Explorer and select Open With, then select Microsoft Word. Or from within Word, click the Open icon, or hit CTRL-O, then choose the file from the dialog box. You may have to choose the option to show all filetypes in the dropdown.
After you open the file, save it in the new format. Click File, then click the Save As option, and choose Word Document (*.docx) as the filetype. Click Save. Now you’ve successfully converted a local HTML file to Word. That wasn’t so hard, was it?
You can also choose the older Word 2003 and older format, which used the .doc extension. But I recommend the newer .docx file format because it uses compression, so it will take less space on disk.
If you need to edit the document, I recommend editing after saving. That way, Word assumes you want to use Word formatting, and not the more limited HTML formatting.
Convert HTML to Word via copy/paste
Another easy way to convert HTML to Word is to open the HTML file in a web browser, highlight the text, then right click and select Copy, or hit Ctrl-C. Then launch Word. Right-click and select Paste, or hit Ctrl-V. This will put the HTML text into your Word document, formatting and all.
Just as before, at this point you click Click File, then click the Save As option, and choose Word Document (*.docx) as the filetype. Click Save. Now you’ve successfully converted the HTML to Word. That wasn’t hard either, was it?
If you need to edit the document, I recommend editing after saving. That way, Word assumes you want to use Word’s more capable formatting, and not the more limited HTML formatting.
Solving other problems in Word
A lot of common problems in Word have relatively easy solutions. Here are some examples:
- Hiding and unhiding whitespace
- Accepting all changes
- Creating hanging indents
- Blank table of contents entries