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How do i import a large word document into Indesign CS6?

Jul 19, 2012 10:50 AM

Tags: #word #import #document

I am a new user to InDesign, using version CS6, I would like to know if there is an easy way to import a MS word document into InDesign. The document is about 1000 pages and contains text, images and tables.

 
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    Jul 19, 2012 10:54 AM   in reply to Mark McCracken

    File>Place and then shift+click on the first page.

     

     

     

    But that is going to result in a very unwieldy file. You might consider breaking into smaller pieces and using the book feature to manage it.

     

     

     

    Bob

     
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    Oct 8, 2012 11:04 AM   in reply to Bob Levine

    Dear Bob,

    I am wondering, as a new test user, your proposed way File-place (Strg+D) is not available. Is there a workaround? I need to test function of integrate word files and sucessfully creating ebooks before buying expensive software.I approciate ny support. Many thanks in advance.

    Best regards

    Karl

     
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    Oct 8, 2012 11:13 AM   in reply to qukanghan

    If File > Place.. is not available there is something seriously wrong.

     
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    Oct 12, 2012 5:21 AM   in reply to Bob Levine

    Thanks Bob. That was exactly what I was looking to do with my 300 page Word document.

     
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    Jun 5, 2013 4:10 PM   in reply to Bob Levine

    Is there a way to make it automatically create as many pages as needed?

     
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    Jun 5, 2013 4:26 PM   in reply to guy from NM

    Already answered in the first reply. Was there something unclear about it?

     

    Bob

     
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    Jul 21, 2013 4:31 PM   in reply to Bob Levine

    Obviously there was something unclear or he would not have asked.

     
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    Aug 12, 2013 2:01 PM   in reply to qukanghan

    I found that InDesign CS6 couldn't import a MS Word document with the .docx suffix. Save the MS Word file as a .doc or .rtf and you should be able to import into IDD. I import the Word file into an empty text frame in IDD.

     
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    Aug 12, 2013 2:19 PM   in reply to Anne Katzeff

    ID imports most .docx files fine, but can stumble on just about every format Word is able to save with some files. It's usually related to extra junk in the file left over from editing and a lot of "mini-saves" without a final Save As to re-write the file, or tracked changes waiting to be approved.

     

    I don't think it's possible to predict with certainly if any particular file will succeed or fail, but I don't recall ever having a problem with any word file I resaved in Word before importing to ID.

     
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    Aug 12, 2013 2:31 PM   in reply to Peter Spier

    I hear you, Peter, and that makes perfect sense. Thanks for the insight.

     
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    Oct 13, 2013 2:26 PM   in reply to Anne Katzeff

    In my video course "Using Word and InDesign Together" on lynda.com, I have a bunch of videos on troubleshooting Word files that won't import correctly. Whether its .doc vs. docx is immaterial, in my testing.

     

    What Peter said is correct, sometimes there is lots of extra junk. First thing is if there are hundreds or thousands of tracked changes in Word, you (or the Word user) should Accept All Changes (the Zen technique ... hee hee) before importing. A few dozen tracked changes shouldn't be a problem.

     

    The other trick is to de-gunk the Word file, I have a chapter in the video with various techniques. Maggy-ing the Word file, using InDesign RTF, etc.

     

    The one about round-tripping to InDesign RTF is one of the free sample movies, if you're not a lynda.com subscriber.

    http://www.lynda.com/InDesign-tutorials/Using-Word-InDesign-Together/1 22930-2.html

     

    AM

     
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    Mar 2, 2014 10:44 PM   in reply to AMC012

    Notes on importing from Word to InDesign CS6 and exporting via Kindle Plugin can be found on my blog at:

     

    http://02cafd3.netsolhost.com/blogs/eBookTec/?p=316

     

    To make a long story short, the Kindle Plugin has a long-standing problem with tables and/or more than a certain limit of hyperlinks.  Since these problems have persisted for at least 2 years now, I must conclude that there are organizational problems on the Kindle Plugin project.  The possibilities include too many junior programmers, not enough attention to the project, not enough positive incentive to make the plugin work and any number of possible management weaknesses.  It took our JPL team about 3 years to put Spirit and Opportunity on Mars, so there's no way a technical problem could be standing this long in the way of the Kindle Plugin handling tables or any number of embedded hyperlinks - nor, for that matter, a Word source document of any reasonable size whatsoever.  One might also cite a lack of competition in this new business sector but then you'd have to ask, do they want to play in the eBook market or don't they?  Companies like Apple succeed by ignoring the competition and in this way end up setting the standards for decades to come.

     
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    Mar 11, 2014 9:36 AM   in reply to Bob Levine

    Hi Bob,

    I keep on struggling with Indesign and trying to place a wordfile in it so that I can convert it to e-book/epub

     

    • I have seen the video about how to prepare the file in IPad format,
    • I have seen your answer as to Place the Word file, but all I get is the first page, the rest of the 221 pages remain empty.
    • I have tried several paths.
    • When I put the file into Digital Publishing I got the entire wordfile, but then it could not read or open it after  exporting it to epub.

     

    I must add that my books are also graphics with graphics e.g. on top of every page.

    I tried Word docx and word doc (2003). They both only place the first page.

     

    I have a subscription to Indesign as my book federation only accepts e-pubs into either IDD or Quark, but I don't get them anywhere.

    I did change the graphics into 1024x768 (probably B5) width to be certain.

     
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