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Convert a pub file to a docx file in Publisher [SPLIT]


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Hi @Max1,

Welcome to the Affinity Forums!

Unfortunately as Catshill mentions above, this isn't currently possible directly in Affinity, as we don't support exporting to .DOCX, our apologies.

You could either copy and paste your text from the Publisher document into a new Word file, or alternatively you can export from Publisher to PDF, then use a third party converter to convert this to DOCX.

I hope this clears things up :)

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5 hours ago, Dan C said:

you can export from Publisher to PDF, then use a third party converter to convert this to DOCX

If you don't have a trusted third-party convertor to hand, don't worry.  Try opening the PDF straight into Word.  I've seen some impressive results, even with older versions of Word.

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If the intended use is for a client or someone else to edit the file I would recommend looking at a PDF editor rather then Word. As others have mentioned there is no direct translation between an Affinity Publisher file and Word. I get clients asking for this all the time and have to tell them it does not work like that. Never had anyone complain yet after explaining that it was setup using professional applications and Word is not a professions page layout/design application. 

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I have seen a bunch of requests for DOCX export so hopefully we will get it soon. It will be very helpful for me so patiently waiting for it.

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10 hours ago, tzvi20 said:

I have seen a bunch of requests for DOCX export so hopefully we will get it soon. It will be very helpful for me so patiently waiting for it.

It is definitely a useful feature (and sometimes an essential one) in a professional page layout app and especially in complex multi-editor workflows, even if only supported at RTF level. In certain situations it can even be used as an exchange tool e.g. to give an RTF file for revisions and then import it back, keeping practically most if not all formatting changes already made in the layout, or even just to indicate changes made in the layout between two time points (often much more useful than a PDF comparison, which on the other hand can show the exact locations of changes in the layout).

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36 minutes ago, JD-GMail said:

I just did this (afpub file opened in Word and it's 98% perfect. I'm shocked and elated! 

I think this is 100% unlikely, as MS Word cannot read the Affinity Publisher document format.

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40 minutes ago, Komatös said:

I think this is 100% unlikely, as MS Word cannot read the Affinity Publisher document format.

Note that @JD-GMail quoted a post which said to export a PDF and open the PDF in Word. It's likely that's what they meant, rather than opening the .afpub directly.

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14 minutes ago, walt.farrell said:

quoted a post which said to export a PDF and open the PDF in Word

But that doesn't read like that to me. But yes, Microsoft Word can read and write PDFs.
He himself writes about afpub; and it is precisely this format that Word cannot read.

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