How To Convert Markdown Files to Word Documents on Windows, and Vice Versa

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Markdown is a markup language for creating formatted text. Well, so does Microsoft Word. A well-formatted Microsoft Word file should be structured in a way just like a well-written Markdown file. So in some cases, it works even better, if possible, that you start with markdown and then convert it to a word document. This way, the result will be almost perfect.

So here is how.

First, head over to Pandoc’s website and download the latest installer for Windows. It’s a .msi file that can be installed easily on Windows.

Once installed, there are two ways to convert a Markdown file.

If you use Typora, a light-weighted Markdown editor, you can now open the file and go to File > Export > Word (.docx).

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A file-save dialog box pops up for you to select where to save the word document. The result would be lovely.

Now, what if I don’t use Typora or any other Markdown editor?

Let’s open a command prompt window, and simply type the following command.

pandoc "path\document.md" -f markdown -o "path\output.docx"
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It works like a charm too.

Here is a piece of additional information about Pandoc. It’s a universal document converter that not only converts a Markdown file to a word documents but vice versa as well.

Simply run the following command and you will get a Markdown file from a word document in a second.

pandoc "path\file.docx" -f docx -o "path\file.md"

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