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How to batch convert multiple Word documents to pdf files?

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2020-07-02

It is easy for you to convert a Word document to a PDF file with the Save as function in Word. But if you want to convert all Word documents in a folder to separate PDF files at once, how can you achieve it? This article will show you a VBA code to batch convert multiple Word documents to pdf files in Word.

Batch convert multiple Word documents to pdf files with VBA
Batch convert multiple Word documents to pdf files with Kutools for Word


Batch convert multiple Word documents to pdf files with VBA

The following VBA code helps you quickly convert all Word documents in a folder to pdf files at once. Please do as follows.

1. In Word, press the Alt + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, click Insert > Module, then copy below VBA code into the Module window.

VBA code: Batch convert multiple Word documents to pdf files in Word

Sub ConvertWordsToPdfs()
'Updated by Extendoffice 20181123
    Dim xIndex As String
    Dim xDlg As FileDialog
    Dim xFolder As Variant
    Dim xNewName As String
    Dim xFileName As String
    Set xDlg = Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogFolderPicker)
    If xDlg.Show <> -1 Then Exit Sub
    xFolder = xDlg.SelectedItems(1) + "\"
    xFileName = Dir(xFolder & "*.*", vbNormal)
    While xFileName <> ""
        If ((Right(xFileName, 4)) <> ".doc" Or Right(xFileName, 4) <> ".docx") Then
            xIndex = InStr(xFileName, ".") + 1
            xNewName = Replace(xFileName, Mid(xFileName, xIndex), "pdf")
            Documents.Open FileName:=xFolder & xFileName, _
                ConfirmConversions:=False, ReadOnly:=False, AddToRecentFiles:=False, _
                PasswordDocument:="", PasswordTemplate:="", Revert:=False, _
                WritePasswordDocument:="", WritePasswordTemplate:="", Format:= _
                wdOpenFormatAuto, XMLTransform:=""
            ActiveDocument.ExportAsFixedFormat OutputFileName:=xFolder & xNewName, _
                ExportFormat:=wdExportFormatPDF, OpenAfterExport:=False, OptimizeFor:= _
                wdExportOptimizeForPrint, Range:=wdExportAllDocument, From:=1, To:=1, _
                Item:=wdExportDocumentContent, IncludeDocProps:=True, KeepIRM:=True, _
                CreateBookmarks:=wdExportCreateNoBookmarks, DocStructureTags:=True, _
                BitmapMissingFonts:=True, UseISO19005_1:=False
            ActiveDocument.Close
        End If
        xFileName = Dir()
    Wend
End Sub

3. Press the F5 key to run the code.

4. A Browse dialog pops up, please select the folder which contains Word documents you will convert to pdf files, and click the OK button.

Then all Word documents in selected folder are converted to separate pdf files at once. See screenshot:


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If VBA code is hard to handle, you can try the Convert documents utility of Kutools for Word to solve the problem.

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1. Click Kutools Plus > Doc/Docx. See screenshot:

2. In the Document Format Converter window, you need to do as follows:

2.1) Select the folder contains documents you will convert to pdf in the Source file folder section;
2.2 Select Convert docx to pdf from the Format Convert drop-down list;
2.3) By default, the Destination path same as source box is checked. If you want to place all converted pdf files in the same folder, just keep this option selected;
If you want to separate the pdf files and the source documents, you need to uncheck the Destination path same as source box, and select a new folder to save the pdf files in the Save to box;
2.4) Click the Start button. See screenshot:

3. Then a dialog box pops up to tell you how many documents have been successfully converted, click the OK button and close the Document Format Converter window.

Now all .docx format documents are converted to pdf files.

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Just found this, very helpful. Also thanks for the suggested mods above. I am struggling with the following:

If ((Right(xFileName, 4)) <> ".doc" Or Right(xFileName, 4) <> ".docx") Then


It seems to ask to do the conversion if it's not a doc or docx? (Leaving aside that, I think, for docx it should be last 5 chars, not 4?) Anyway,
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the code stopped. I clicked debug. code below was highlighed yellow

Please, any assistance? thank you

Documents.Open Filename:=xFolder & xFileName, _
ConfirmConversions:=False, ReadOnly:=False, AddToRecentFiles:=False, _
PasswordDocument:="", PasswordTemplate:="", Revert:=False, _
WritePasswordDocument:="", WritePasswordTemplate:="", Format:= _
wdOpenFormatAuto, XMLTransform:=""
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Thank you for this. It has just saved me so much time and provided education. I will peruse your site for more top tips.
Thank you again. Brilliant quick fix. One does have to ask, why do MS make such things so impossible to find in their products.
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Здравствуйте! Огромное спасибо за модуль! Но есть проблема, у меня куча папок и в каждой папке больше двухсот файлов с разными именами.. Можно ли сделать так чтобы ваш модуль сохранял файлы в PDF не под номерами 1,2,3... и т.д, а под своими собственными именами файлов!? Помогите пожалуйста, и я буду молиться за вас ВЕЧНО!!))
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Hi Егор,
I don't quite understand your question. After converting the file using the VBA code, the name of the PDF file is the same as the name of the Word file.
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Здравствуйте! Большое спасибо вам, за то что вы есть! Спасибо за код он почти идеальный, но ОЧЕНЬ прошу Вас помочь с одним нюансом... Мне Очень важно чтоб ваш макрос сохранял в PDF не под номерами 1.2.3 и т.д, а брал название вордовского файла и сохранял под ним. У меня сто папок и в каждой по 251 файл со своим собственным названием... Мне это Очень нужно, пожалуйста помогите!?????.....
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The VBA macro worked like a charm! :D
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Hi Myles,
Thank you for your feedback.
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Hello is there a way to select a different output folder and not the original folder?

thank you
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Hi Vincent,
Please try the following VBA code. After running the code, an Open window pops up, please select a folder containing the douments you want to convert, in the second popping up Save PDF files in window, select a folder to save the PDF files.

Sub ConvertWordsToPdfs()
'Updated by Extendoffice 20220805
  Dim xIndex As String
  Dim xDlg As FileDialog, xSaveDlg As FileDialog
  Dim xFolder As Variant, xSaveFolder As Variant
  Dim xNewName As String
  Dim xFileName As String
  On Error Resume Next
  Set xDlg = Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogFolderPicker)
  xDlg.Title = "Open"
  xDlg.ButtonName = "Open"
  If xDlg.Show <> -1 Then Exit Sub
  xFolder = xDlg.SelectedItems(1) + "\"
  xFileName = Dir(xFolder & "*.*", vbNormal)
  Set xSaveDlg = Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogFolderPicker)
  xSaveDlg.Title = "Save PDF files in"
  xSaveDlg.ButtonName = "Save"
  If xSaveDlg.Show <> -1 Then Exit Sub
  xSaveFolder = xSaveDlg.SelectedItems(1) + "\"
  Application.DisplayAlerts = wdAlertsNone
  While xFileName <> ""
      If ((Right(xFileName, 4)) <> ".doc" Or Right(xFileName, 4) <> ".docx") Then
          xIndex = InStr(xFileName, ".") + 1
          xNewName = Replace(xFileName, Mid(xFileName, xIndex), "pdf")
          Documents.Open FileName:=xFolder & xFileName, _
              ConfirmConversions:=False, ReadOnly:=False, AddToRecentFiles:=False, _
              PasswordDocument:="", PasswordTemplate:="", Revert:=False, _
              WritePasswordDocument:="", WritePasswordTemplate:="", Format:= _
              wdOpenFormatAuto, XMLTransform:=""
          ActiveDocument.ExportAsFixedFormat OutputFileName:=xSaveFolder & xNewName, _
              ExportFormat:=wdExportFormatPDF, OpenAfterExport:=False, OptimizeFor:= _
              wdExportOptimizeForPrint, Range:=wdExportAllDocument, From:=1, To:=1, _
              Item:=wdExportDocumentContent, IncludeDocProps:=True, KeepIRM:=True, _
              CreateBookmarks:=wdExportCreateNoBookmarks, DocStructureTags:=True, _
              BitmapMissingFonts:=True, UseISO19005_1:=False
          ActiveDocument.Close wdSaveChanges
      End If
      xFileName = Dir()
  Wend
  Application.DisplayAlerts = wdAlertsAll
  Set xDlg = Nothing
  Set xSaveDlg = Nothing
End Sub
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The code does not convert my Word files
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This code is amazing and fast but if there is a link in the Doc file it will open a window stating there may be information linked to another file apply these changes? and then another asking to save as. Is there a way to add to the code to automatically do these steps for me? Out of ~800 there are ~40 and I must be present and do this every time.
thank you
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Hi Vincent,
The following VBA code can do you a favor. Please give it a try. Thank you for your feedback.

Sub ConvertWordsToPdfs()
'Updated by Extendoffice 20220805
  Dim xIndex As String
  Dim xDlg As FileDialog
  Dim xFolder As Variant
  Dim xNewName As String
  Dim xFileName As String
  On Error Resume Next
  Set xDlg = Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogFolderPicker)
  If xDlg.Show <> -1 Then Exit Sub
  xFolder = xDlg.SelectedItems(1) + "\"
  xFileName = Dir(xFolder & "*.*", vbNormal)
  Application.DisplayAlerts = wdAlertsNone
  While xFileName <> ""
      If ((Right(xFileName, 4)) <> ".doc" Or Right(xFileName, 4) <> ".docx") Then
          xIndex = InStr(xFileName, ".") + 1
          xNewName = Replace(xFileName, Mid(xFileName, xIndex), "pdf")
          Documents.Open FileName:=xFolder & xFileName, _
              ConfirmConversions:=False, ReadOnly:=False, AddToRecentFiles:=False, _
              PasswordDocument:="", PasswordTemplate:="", Revert:=False, _
              WritePasswordDocument:="", WritePasswordTemplate:="", Format:= _
              wdOpenFormatAuto, XMLTransform:=""
          ActiveDocument.ExportAsFixedFormat OutputFileName:=xFolder & xNewName, _
              ExportFormat:=wdExportFormatPDF, OpenAfterExport:=False, OptimizeFor:= _
              wdExportOptimizeForPrint, Range:=wdExportAllDocument, From:=1, To:=1, _
              Item:=wdExportDocumentContent, IncludeDocProps:=True, KeepIRM:=True, _
              CreateBookmarks:=wdExportCreateNoBookmarks, DocStructureTags:=True, _
              BitmapMissingFonts:=True, UseISO19005_1:=False
          ActiveDocument.Close wdSaveChanges
      End If
      xFileName = Dir()
  Wend
  Application.DisplayAlerts = wdAlertsAll
End Sub
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Вот тут во втором условии надо 4 заменить на 5:
If ((Right(xFileName, 4)) <> ".doc" Or Right(xFileName, 5) <> ".docx") Then
Для исключения проблемы наличия точек можно сделать так:
xIndex = InStr(xFileName, ".doc") + 1
Ну и про советы других товарищей не забыть ;)

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Thank you so much! Saved me so much time!
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