[OS X TeX] .tex to .doc Conversion

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Wed Oct 12 13:26:54 CEST 2011

On Oct 12, 2011, at 5:35 AM, Peter Dyballa wrote:

> I'd try to compile the PDF file with TeX first. This format can be converted to other formats. It's also possible to copy manually the PDF pages and paste them into some office text programme. This could even save text markup.

While this preserves some visual formatting, it strips out all semantics.

> Another option is to use detex. This little utility (accessible from the command line or from inside TeXShop, I think) can remove the (La)TeX markup and create a text file which can be inserted into some office text programme and than saved in some DOC file format.

This strips out both visual formatting and semantics.

> It might also work to convert the TeX file(s) into XML format. Some office text programmes can handle XML.

If all LaTeX constructs which are used are understood by the conversion utility this would be a good option.

> OpenOffice once had a convertor utility to produce LaTeX. Maybe there exists a utility to help import TeX files.
> TeX4ht and latex2rtf might be other options.

latex2rtf would be the first free choice I'd try.


William Adams
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Fry Communications
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