Converting FrameMaker documents and books to Microsoft Word files

FrameMakerTechnical Communication Suite

There is no direct option available within the File menu of FrameMaker (FM) to save a document or a book as a Word file. Microsoft Word doesn’t detect FrameMaker documents and books, but it can read the Rich Text Format. Converting from FrameMaker to RTF is easy and straight forward:

  1. Open the FM document: select FileOpen.

  2. Select FileSave as. The Save Document dialog appears.

  3. Specify a name for the file, select Microsoft RTF1.6 from the Save as type pull-down menu, and then click Save.

  4. Open the RTF file in Word and save it as a .doc or .docx file.

Note: Some of the stuff on the master pages gets goofed up in the header/footer of the MS Word doc and you may have to clean up those manually.

Submitted by: Anit Kumar Panda, Tech Support Consultant

FrameMaker, Technical Communication Suite

Posted on 10-26-2012


  • By Stefan Gentz - 10:09 AM on August 21, 2019   Reply

    Update: In FrameMaker (2019 release), we have updated the RTF filter framework to support the latest RTF version (RTF 1.9).
    Check here to see what is new in FrameMaker (2019 release).

  • By Ken Weatherford - 4:45 PM on August 12, 2019   Reply

    If you have a Word template from a previous document already built with Word styles, it will be much easier to covert the RTF save in Word and apply the styles such as headings, lists, etc. All you have to do is import the template styles into the new RTF Word file and then apply the styles, accordingly.

  • By Blurf - 7:54 PM on July 22, 2013   Reply

    Agreed on MIF2Go. Used it many times.

  • By craigede - 1:36 PM on November 1, 2012   Reply

    Better to use Mif2Go from The results will be much more useful.. The results will be much more useful.

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