How to Convert WordPad Documents to Microsoft Word

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WordPad is Microsoft's rich-text editor and comes with the Windows operating system. Some people enjoy using WordPad for its distinct lack of features. For anyone interested in a full-featured word processor, WordPad is not the right choice. Those writers will be more interested in Microsoft Word, which is a word processor suited to large writing projects. Converting WordPad documents to Microsoft Word to make the switch is so simple anyone can do it.


Step 1

Open any version of Microsoft Word you want to use. Converting WordPad documents to Microsoft Word can be done regardless of version.

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Step 2

Go to the "File" menu and choose the "Open" option. Browse to the location on your computer where the WordPad files are you want to convert. Click the drop-down menu in the lower right-hand corner of your file dialog box and select "Rich Text Format." Your WordPad files will become available. Open the one you want to convert first.



Step 3

Go to the "File" menu and choose the "Save As" option. From the drop-down file menu in the lower right corner, select "Word Document" to save as the version of Word you're using. Select another option if you want to save as a different version of Word. Your original WordPad file will remain intact.




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