How To Convert a Word Document to HTML with Dreamweaver

When creating fun and eye-catching websites, you often need to type in descriptive paragraphs to further enhance the web experience. When you lay out your web page in Dreamweaver, placing blocks of text can be a tedious process and often just type the text in MS Word before incorporating it in the web site.

But when the time comes to upload the web site, the many file formats that make up your web site may make the site too big. Bigger sites mean longer loading time that could turn off many potential visitors to your site. The best thing to do is to unify all of the many file formats under an HTML file. When the many components of the site including blocks of text are turned into HTML, the file becomes smaller and easier to manage. This facilitates quicker uploading, faster browsing and excellent interactivity some of the traits of popular sites today.

To convert MS Word documents to HTML, follow the steps below.

  • In Word. Open the file you want to convert into HTML. There are two ways to proceed from here.
    • Go to "File" > "Save as web page." Make sure that you are saving it as an HTML file.
    • Go to the "File" menu and select "Save As..." The document menu will pop up and you must select the file format as "Web Page (HTML)"
  • In Dreamweaver. Follow the steps below:
    • Start your Dreamweaver program. Go to "File" > "Import" > "Import Word HTML" This will ask you to locate the file you saved in step 1. Just locate and select the file then click "OK".
    • After clicking "OK" the cleaned up Word HTML dialogue box pops up. You have to select the version of MS Word program the document in step 1 was saved in.
    • You may also select some other conversion options available in the dialogue box as well.
    • After selecting all the options you need, simply choose "OK" to finally save the document and finish the conversion.

Normally, you can easily convert Word documents to HTML by copy and pasting it to the site you're creating. But the trouble with that approach is that you're pasting raw data into the site and Word is notorious for putting in a lot of unnecessary code that is difficult to clean up before uploading your site. Leaving all that code in the Dreamweaver document will only bog down the site unnecessarily.

One great advantage of HTML is that it can seamlessly integrate images and text in the site without having the problem of dealing with their file sizes. This makes for great websites, wonderful presentations and an overall fun, interactive experience.

The world is made up of words and pictures and the more integrated they are, the clearer the message is sent. Using HTML to convert your MS Word files is a step in that direction where your ideas and vision is clearly detailed and described for people to appreciate.


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