Beginner using notepad++
How do I convert a word doc to plain text using notepad++?
When I was using notepad, I just copied my word document and pasted it into notepad and then copied it from notepad and it worked.
However when I did this with notepad++, all the formatting in word was carried across, is there something else I need to do?
Claudia Frank last edited by
does this mean that, if you copy the content from word to notepad++ everything looks as it
should be, then you start modifying text and afterwards when copying from notepad++ to word
the indentation is messed up?
If so, I assume that notepad++ has set tab should be replaced by spaces.
Appreciate your reply. No I didn’t edit the content, all I want to do is convert the content to plain text.
This is what I was trying to do…
I am using a “text to speech” software which states that my article has to be in “plain text”.
Initially, I tried using “notepad” to convert my article from a word doc to plain text. However, it still had hidden code (although I can’t see it), so I was told I should use “notepad++” to convert my word doc to plain text.
After installing notepad++
I clicked on File, New.
Then I copied and pasted my word doc article into notepad++
The article in notepad++ still had the word doc formatting (i.e. it didn’t convert it to plain text).
If there something else I need to do with the notepad++ settings or preferences etc. so my article is converted to plain text?
Claudia Frank last edited by
what makes you think that it isn’t converted?
I do not have MS Word, although I strongly believe it should behave like LibreOffice,
but I gave it a try with LibreOffice and if I do
- ctrl+a (select all)
- ctrl+c (copy) and
- ctrl+v paste
it seems to work.
Can you post your notepad++ debug-info, available under ? menu and a exact description
how you copy and paste your text, like if using shortcut or menu entry and what the result
is vs. what is expected. Maybe there is just a simple misunderstanding.
Mikhail V last edited by
Hi. In Notepad++ I very much doubt you still have any Word doc formatting or
hidden code. I suppose your software does not understand unicode symbols and
assumes the text must be Plain ASCII characters.
Try doing this: in Notepad++ click “encoding” menu item, then click “convert to ansi”.
Where does the software takes text from? Clipboard or a txt file?
I’ve tried ctrl+ c and ctrl+v and also using the right click function on the mouse.
The plain text that I copied from notepad++ to my “text to speech” software still had “bold, italic” etc. hence I concluded that plain text was not copied across.
However, when I have tried Mikhail’s suggestion, the problem was fixed.
Anyway, I do appreciate your help.
The “text to speech” software can take text from either a text file or clipboard.
I’ve tried your suggestion in notepad++ (“encoding” and “convert to ansi”) and it worked. Don’t know much about the technical side but as long as it works, that’s great!
Thanks for your help.