How to Import a Microsoft Word File Into Adobe InDesign

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In Brief...

Many workflows involve content that has been written in Microsoft Word for use in InDesign layouts. There are a lot of variables to think about, such as whether text frames have already been created for the content in the layout and how lengthy of a Word file it is. It's also helpful to know if the text has been formatted in Word using styles, and if so, whether you want to bring those styles into the InDesign file. I'll be walking through different scenarios in other tutorials, but for now, let's start with a basic example.


  1. On a blank page without any frames, go to the File menu and select Place.
    Place Command in File Menu

  2. The Place file directory will open. Choose the Word file and click OK.
    Place Dialog Box

  3. The cursor will be loaded, showing a snippet of text.
    Loaded Cursor

  4. At the top-left corner of the purple margin lines on the page, click to place the text. A text frame will be created to fill the margins.
    Placed Text

Author: Kate Cahill

Kate Cahill is a graphic designer, writer, and creative director who has developed content for print and web. As creative director, she has produced award-winning work for agencies focused on the pharmaceutical and health and beauty aid industries. She has also served as production manager, with responsibility for the successful fulfillment of long-run print contracts. Kate has been delivering training for Webucator clients since 2010. Her enthusiasm for cutting-edge technology, combined with hands-on practical experience, brings an added benefit to her classes. Kate teaches real-world techniques and integration of Adobe software, as well as Microsoft PowerPoint, to produce a fully developed and cohesive brand identity.