Convert Word DOC to TXT in C#

In the realm of document processing, the need often arises to convert Word documents into simpler plain text formats. Whether for data extraction, content analysis, or compatibility reasons, the ability to convert Word (.doc, .docx) files to plain text (.txt) is a valuable skill for developers. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to convert a Word document to TXT format in a C# application.

C# Library for Word to TXT Conversion

Aspose.Words for .NET is a feature-rich document processing library that enables developers to work with Word documents in various formats. It provides a set of APIs for document creation, manipulation, conversion, and rendering. We will use this library to extract content from Word documents as plain text.

To install the library from NuGet, you can use the following command. Or you can download it from the Releases section.

PM> Install-Package Aspose.Words 

Steps to Convert Word DOC to TXT

You can extract text from Word documents and save it in TXT format in a couple of steps, as Aspose.Words for .NET has made it quite easy. Below are the steps we need to perform for Word to TXT conversion.

  • Load the Word DOC/DOCX file.
  • Convert it to TXT format and save the file to the desired location.

So you don’t have to parse the whole Word document and extract text line by line or page by page. Let’s now write the C# code to extract text from a Word document.

Convert a Word DOC to TXT in C#

The following are the steps to save a Word DOC or DOCX document as a TXT file in C#.

  • First, load the Word DOC/DOCX using the Document class.
  • Then, save the document as a TXT file using Document.Save(filePath) method.

The following C# code snippet converts a Word document to TXT format.

Use Free C# Word to TXT Converter

You can get a free temporary license to convert Word files to TXT format without evaluation limitations.

Explore C# Word Library

You can visit the documentation of the C# Word library to explore other features. In case you would have any questions, feel free to let us know via our forum.


In this blog post, we’ve explored how to convert Word documents to TXT files in C# using Aspose.Words for .NET. No need to parse whole Word documents, simply extract the plain text from a document in a couple of steps. Aspose.Words simplifies the process of working with Word documents programmatically, providing a reliable and efficient solution for document conversion tasks. Integrating this library into your C# projects empowers you to handle document processing with ease, opening up a world of possibilities for your applications.

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