I am preparing a report using LaTeX and would like to add several documents saved as Word files. I have tried this before making each page a figure but I really don't like the results. Any help would be appreciated.

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    If you can convert the word documents to pdf, you could use the pdfpages package to insert the pdf files into your document. Commented Jan 22, 2011 at 1:56
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    @Jan: Why don't you post that as an answer?
    – Caramdir
    Commented Jan 22, 2011 at 1:58
  • I just tried pdfpages and that package worked great. Thank you.
    – Irish
    Commented Jan 24, 2011 at 19:52

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if you need the documents as TeX source, then install a trial version of

  • grindeq or convert it online
  • Word2TeX
  • install a virtuell pdf printer for later use of package pdfpages or simply the command \includegraphics
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    +1 for Word2TeX. The LaTeX file produced by Word2TeX is very clean, including the exported math.
    – Aditya
    Commented Jan 22, 2011 at 23:55

The pdfpages package, found here, is useful for appending PDF versions of the Word documents to LaTeX documents.

Originally suggested by @Jan Hlavacek in a comment, it should be an official answer.

Thank you to @Alan Munn for pointing out the pagecommand option to add page headers and numbers, as was posted here. The [pagecommand={}] option will maintain the normal page layout, as suggested by @Martin Scharrer here.

You should also pay particular attention that the default \includepdf{} behaviour of this package is to only show the first page. Adding the [pages=-] option includes all pages. This has been addressed by @Mario S. E. here.

  • pdfpages most certainly can add headers and page numbers to included pages. See Change document class per page for an example.
    – Alan Munn
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 16:01
  • @Alan Munn I stand corrected! Thanks for pointing this out. Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 16:04

I wrote a blog post comparing a number of different ways of converting documents to LaTeX format.

My two favorites are the LaTeX export routine of the OpenSource Word Processor AbiWord which can open a file in Word format and save as LaTeX (this uses the wvWare libraries for conversion; make sure you install the extra export plugins and math support when you install), and the rtf2latex2e converter which will convert RTF files to LaTeX (of course you must first export to RTF in Word).

If this is something you really care about, though, nothing will eliminate the need for going over the results and tweaking them as needed.

  • the export of AbiWord to LaTeX is only useful for extremely (!) simple files
    – user2478
    Commented Jan 22, 2011 at 15:42
  • That's true, but I don't know of anything else that is free that is better. Writer2LaTeX is terrible by comparison. (IMHO of course.)
    – frabjous
    Commented Jan 22, 2011 at 18:04
  • The link to the blog post is dead. Wayback machine link
    – marsupilam
    Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 18:57

Another way to obtain a LaTeX source would be to use OpenOffice.org Writer with the Writer2LaTeX extension. However, the resulting source will need some post-processing.

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