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How to Export InDesign to Word

How to Export InDesign to Word

Eventually, you will wind up in a situation where you have an InDesign project that needs to be converted to a more readily editable format. Sometimes it’s because clients or coworkers need to be able to change data or make edits while viewing the document in its current condition. Other times, it’s because there’s going to be a new round of edits before the layout is finalized. Either way, you’ll need to understand how to export your work from InDesign to Word. There’s no direct path to accomplishing this like you might expect after seeing some of InDesign’s other powerful text formatting tools. It’s also not that challenging once you understand how to export InDesign to Word. It just takes a little knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite.

Step 1: Export to PDF

All of Adobe’s graphic design and layout tools support exporting projects as PDF files, in addition to whatever other file types they are built to create. This allows you to create an easily accessible read-only version for clients to approve as a proof, as well as secure final documents. Go to File > Adobe PDF Presets and select the format you want to use. Then, go to File > Export and create your PDF.

Step 2: Open the PDF in Acrobat X

Adobe doesn’t build powerful PDF editing tools into every piece of software. Even if it would be convenient, it would cause too much program bloat. The company has developed a comprehensive editor that includes a wide range of supported export file types, though. Once you have your document open in Acrobat X, you should be able to choose Export to Word to create a new Word document that preserves the formatting from your original InDesign project.

Mastering InDesign’s Powerful Tool Set

Now that you know how to export InDesign to Word, you’re prepared to make editable versions of your projects as needed. That will enable you to work more efficiently with clients who have text edits to make partway through the design process. To really get the most out of InDesign’s text layout tools, though, you need to master both graphic design functions like clipping masks and traditional formatting and layout tools like sizing, spacing, and font formatting. Check out the tutorials for those topics and remember that a great publication design depends on great visual assets. Whether you are looking for vector graphics, illustrations, or great stock photos, Shutterstock has millions of options to fit your next project.
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