How to Convert FrameMaker to MS Word

By Lynne Pettus

Because Adobe FrameMaker is used primarily by documentation teams and is costly and complex, most companies purchase licenses only for documentation developers. If you compose documentation or other materials using Adobe FrameMaker, you can convert a FrameMaker file to Microsoft Word so that other stakeholders can provide comments or edits. You cannot convert FrameMaker 12 directly to Microsoft Word; rather, convert first to RTF, then open the RTF file in Word and convert it to a DOCX file from there. While the conversion is fairly clean and most page elements render well, some formatting and functionality is lost. This may not be a problem when just providing documents to colleagues for feedback, but to deliver your Word document more formally, or to use Word going forward rather than FrameMaker, you should perform some cleanup.

Step 1

Open your FrameMaker file, then select the “File” menu. Choose “Save As…" and in the “Save as Type” drop-down menu, choose “Microsoft RTF1.6(*rtf).”

Step 2

Navigate to the directory containing your RTF file. If you retained the default “Save As” location, the RTF file should be in the same directory as your FrameMaker file.

Step 3

Double-click the RTF file to open it in Word, then select “File” and choose “Save As.” Choose either “Current Folder” to accept the default location, or click “Browse” to save the file to another location.

Step 4

Choose “Word document (*.docx)” from the “Save as Type” drop-down menu. Type your chosen file name in the “File Name” text box. Click “Save.”