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Converting Microsoft Word file to .adt file

Hi,

 

I have a document in Microsoft Word that I need to convert to a .adt ACT file so that I can auto-merge the document from ACT.

 

Usually I just copy/paste the contents from the Word file into a new ACT .adt file and this works fine.  However, on this particular document this strategy did not work.  The formatting will not transfer correctly from the Word doc to the .adt ACT file.

 

Does anyone have any suggestions?  Are there any programs that will automatically convert a Microsoft Word file to an ACT .adt file?

 

Andrew

 

 


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‎09-25-2015 03:20 AM
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Re: Converting Microsoft Word file to .adt file

Andrew

 

Occasionally you will find a Word document that is uncooperative when you are trying to convert it to an ACT! template. Here's a couple of suggestions that might help. 

 

Rather than cut and paste, have you tried saving the original Word doc to the ACT Templates folder with an "adt" extension?

 

In Word do File > Save As then navigate to the ACT! Templates folder. In the file name box type "MyTemplate.ADT". Include the quotes, but change MyTemplate to what ever you want to call it.

 

Now try opening the template from within ACT (Write > Edit Template).  If it looks OK you can go ahead and add your mailmerge fields.

 

If you still have a problem it's likely that there's some formatting in the word document that is causing the issue. The only way to sort that one is to remove the formatting. Try saving your word doc as text first, then save (or cut and paste) then re-format when it will open in ACT!.

 

Jeff

Jeff Granger
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ACT Training Throughout The UK
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Re: Converting Microsoft Word file to .adt file

Andrew

 

Occasionally you will find a Word document that is uncooperative when you are trying to convert it to an ACT! template. Here's a couple of suggestions that might help. 

 

Rather than cut and paste, have you tried saving the original Word doc to the ACT Templates folder with an "adt" extension?

 

In Word do File > Save As then navigate to the ACT! Templates folder. In the file name box type "MyTemplate.ADT". Include the quotes, but change MyTemplate to what ever you want to call it.

 

Now try opening the template from within ACT (Write > Edit Template).  If it looks OK you can go ahead and add your mailmerge fields.

 

If you still have a problem it's likely that there's some formatting in the word document that is causing the issue. The only way to sort that one is to remove the formatting. Try saving your word doc as text first, then save (or cut and paste) then re-format when it will open in ACT!.

 

Jeff

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Re: Converting Microsoft Word file to .adt file

Jeff - Thanks for posting you suggestion, however I am still stuck!  What file format do I use under "Save As" while inside Microsoft Word?

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Re: Converting Microsoft Word file to .adt file

Rick

 

You just ignore the Save As Type box because you are telling Word to save the cocument with an ADT extension which isn't in the Save AsType dropdown list.

 

so:

 

File Name:        "My Template.ADT"

Save As Type:   Word 97- 2003 Document

 

Jeff

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Re: Converting Microsoft Word file to .adt file

you don't have to even open the file!  just rename it "template name.adt"

 

assumes: that you have "show file extensions" turned on in File Explorer.

assumes: you will still need to open the file and fix your merge fields as they sometimes don't convert 100% from the old ACT correctly.

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Re: Converting Microsoft Word file to .adt file

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Re: Converting Microsoft Word file to .adt file

Yup indeed, I often convert word to pdf files. But I have seldom tried to convert Microsoft Word file to .adt file. I wonder you must have some specific word converting tool instead of the common word converter we are familiar with. Right?

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Re: Converting Microsoft Word file to .adt file

Converter probably won't work. The Act! ADT file is actually a Word file with a bit of hidden code in it so it can be used and merged in Act!

Jeff Granger
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