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Convert MSG to DOCX

Convert MSG to DOCX
Converts Outlook MSG files to Microsoft Word DOCX format. It is possible to retain the original folder structure.
Version: 4.21 released on August 22, 2022.
(4.8 / 130 reviews)

Convert MSG to DOCX for Outlook
"Convert MSG to DOCX" has an advanced version

Main features:

  • Converts messages, contacts, tasks and other Outlook items from MSG to Word DOCX format for later editing and removing unnecessary information while retaining original formatting.
  • Saves attachments and images from converted MSG messages.
  • Supports MSG files created in any Outlook version.
  • Maintains a hierarchy of folders with MSG files.
  • Allows you to choose macros from a ready-made list to automatically arrange converted Word documents into folders: by date created, by sender or recipient, by subject, and by other parameters.
  • Allows you to customize the margin size in a Word document.
  • Removes or includes in the header of the Word document the addresses of additional recipients of the original message.
  • Provides command-line application for bulk MSG to DOCX conversions and batch conversions by schedule.

Why convert MSG files to Word documents?

Many Outlook users prefer to save Outlook messages in separate MSG files for later use at work or to send them to their partners and colleagues. Very often you need to change the message body:

  • Delete references, redundant or confidential pieces of data before sending.
  • Edit the message text, retaining the original formatting and images.

The most commonly used word processor for this is Microsoft Word. It uses the DOCX file format, which allows you to keep all elements of the original formatting: fonts, indents, images, and others.

Exporting Outlook MSG to Word documents has the advantage that you can open and modify them at any time, on various electronic devices. You only need Microsoft Word, no Internet access, no Outlook installed. You can also open DOCX files in Google Docs.

How to convert MSG to Word DOC / DOCX manually

You won't be able to save the email as a Word document or open it in Word. If you need to convert MSG to DOCX or DOC file format manually, you can use a workaround:

  1. Open the MSG file in Outlook.
  2. Go to File > Save As and specify the destination location. The "Save As" window opens.
  3. Select the MHT or HTML file type.
  4. Open the resulting file in Microsoft Word.
  5. From File > Save As select the destination folder.
  6. In the "Save As" window specify the desired Word document format: DOCX, DOC, RTF, etc.

This method of converting Outlook MSG emails to Word documents is not direct and only allows you to save one message each time. It is very time-consuming if you have multiple files and is not suitable for mass conversion.

The main disadvantage of this manual MSG to Word conversion is that you will not be able to save attachments from the original message.

Converting MSG to Word DOCX online

When using online MSG to DOCX converters, be aware that the document uploaded to the server stays there, regardless of the format. Thus, when you upload Outlook message files online to convert MSG to DOCX, you are voluntarily sending the information to third parties, with no guarantee that it will not become publicly available in the future. We strongly recommend that you only convert any documents on your personal or work computer.

Online conversion from MSG to DOCX or DOC format has other specific features:

  • Although most online services offer to convert MSG to Word DOCX, DOC, RTF at no charge, free use of online DOCX / DOC converters is very limited: in terms of time, file size and number, number of operations per day, etc.
  • Bulk online conversion requires not only extra fees, but also time and Internet traffic.
  • Online conversion tools are very simple and offer no additional options when using them.

How to convert MSG to Word documents automatically and without limits

If you have saved Outlook MSG emails, you can convert them to DOCX for Word very quickly with the "Convert MSG to Word (DOCX)" utility. Customize the program the way you want:

  1. Make the basic settings on the General tab. Select a folder with MSG files, including subfolders if necessary. The utility will save their structure.
  2. Specify the path to the folder to save the final DOCX files.
  3. Set up automatic allocation of DOCX files inside the specified folder using any macro from the list.
  4. Save external images in your completed Word documents and attachments in separate folders, if desired.
  5. Additional settings on the Page Setup tab allow you to specify the margin size in the resulting Word document and add copy and hidden copy addresses to its header.

The professional version of the utility provides options for bulk and scheduled conversion of MSG to Word DOCX.

A special command-line tool works with the Windows Scheduler to convert MSG to DOCX format on a regular or scheduled basis. Using scripts and batch scripts, you can upload multiple MSG files for conversion from different user folders and in any number.


If you have an archive of Outlook messages in MSG format, you can open and view them only with Microsoft Outlook installed on your computer. You can use the "Convert MSG to Word (DOCX)" software to transfer your entire archive into the universal DOCX for Word format. Automatically rearrange the exported MSG messages with file naming options in any way you want.

After converting MSG to Word DOCX, you'll be able to edit messages on any device that has Microsoft Word application installed. Remove links and irrelevant information while retaining formatting, images, attachments, and other elements of the message.

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* This utility is for non-commercial home use only. It will not run in domain enviroment. Some of the described features and support for domain enviroment are available in advanced version of the utility only. Free version may have additional limitations.

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