I am using Lyx2.3.3. I have installed Pandoc. I reconfigured Lyx ( Tools> reconfigure). I should then be able to simply export lyx file to the MS Word Office open XML, however I get an error as shown in the next image.Lyx to Word export issue

Any suggestion?

  • switch the filenames.
    – naphaneal
    Dec 26, 2019 at 18:07
  • @naphaneal , I did not get your point.
    – Sabreen
    Dec 26, 2019 at 18:10
  • you're converting from a *.docx to a *.tex.
    – naphaneal
    Dec 26, 2019 at 18:11
  • @naphaneal, no the opposite, from Lyx to Word
    – Sabreen
    Dec 26, 2019 at 18:12
  • not according to the error message and the manual. in your case, the source is the *.docx and the target is the *.tex.
    – naphaneal
    Dec 26, 2019 at 18:19

1 Answer 1


I have found the answer at the subheading "Try exporting a LyX document" at this web-page https://wiki.lyx.org/Tips/ExportingOpenDocumentLibreofficeOpenofficeAndOfficeOpenXMLMSWordWithPandoc

If not all goes well, you will see a warning box with a message like

"Error while running pandoc -s -f latex -o $$o -t docx $$i"

That's most likely because LyX is not sending Pandoc a file with the proper encoding. For a quick fix try: Document > Settings, go to the Language section, and under Encoding select Other: Unicode (utf8). Try exporting again.

If that works now, then encoding was the problem. See the Troubleshooting section for a way to ensure that all your new LyX documents have the proper encoding setting. If you still get the warning message, see Troubleshooting below.

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