How to batch convert Word documents to txt file?

This article is talking about how to batch convert all Word documents in a specific folder to separate TXT files in Word.

Batch convert Word documents to txt files with VBA

Batch convert Word documents to txt files with VBA

The below VBA code can help to convert all Word documents in a specific folder to txt files at once. Please do as follows.

1. In Word document, 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 code into the Module window.

VBA code: Batch convert Word documents to txt files

Sub ConvertDocumentsToTxt()
'Updated by Extendoffice 20181123
    Dim xIndex As Long
    Dim xFolder As Variant
    Dim xFileStr As String
    Dim xFilePath As String
    Dim xDlg As FileDialog
    Dim xActPath As String
    Dim xDoc As Document
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    Set xDlg = Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogFolderPicker)
    If xDlg.Show <> -1 Then Exit Sub
    xFolder = xDlg.SelectedItems(1)
    xFileStr = Dir(xFolder & "\*.doc")
    xActPath = ActiveDocument.Path
    While xFileStr <> ""
        xFilePath = xFolder & "\" & xFileStr
        If xFilePath <> xActPath Then
            Set xDoc = Documents.Open(xFilePath, AddToRecentFiles:=False, Visible:=False)
            xIndex = InStrRev(xFilePath, ".")
            Debug.Print Left(xFilePath, xIndex - 1) & ".txt"
            xDoc.SaveAs Left(xFilePath, xIndex - 1) & ".txt", FileFormat:=wdFormatText, AddToRecentFiles:=False
            xDoc.Close True
        End If
        xFileStr = Dir()
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

3. Press the F5 key to run the code.

4. In the Browse window, select the folder contains Word documents you will convert to txt files, and click the OK button. See screenshot:

Then you can see all documents in selected folder are converted to txt files at once. See screenshot:

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    Mario · 1 years ago
    I'm a fan of poetry. I needed to convert more than 700 word compositions to txt. Thanks to your subroutine I managed to do it in no time.
    Thank you