How Microsoft Word Can Be Your Favorite Markdown Editor

Saikat Basu 06-01-2017

We can give you many reasons to learn Markdown right now. The two main ones should be platform independence and speed. And the surefire crowd-puller: Markdown can be learned by a six-year old.


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Markdown is a simple way to format plain text that can be easily converted to HTML.

Dig deeper into the details on the Markdown Project page. The popularity of Markdown across coders and non-coders alike has led to the release of many Markdown editors, extensions, and apps. But Microsoft Word was never among them… until a Microsoft Word add-on called Writage came along.

Download, install, and forget till you need to save your first Microsoft Word document as a Markdown file.

A Smooth Word-to-Markdown Conversion


You do not have to remember the Markdown syntax on Word. However simple that may be. With Writage, Microsoft Word is your Markdown WYSIWYG editor. Compose your document as you would with the usual rich formatting commands like bold, italics, underline, hyperlinks, etc.


Save a Word document as a Markdown file:

  1. Save the file with the Save As… command.
  2. In the dialog box, enter your file name and select Markdown from the dropdown for Save as type.

Now, you can use the converted Markdown text in any other tool or for its designated purpose.

Save a Markdown file as a Word document:

You can just as easily go the other way by using Writage to convert a Markdown file to a Word document. You might want to use the rich formatting functions of Microsoft Word or maybe share your Markdown file with people who use Microsoft Word. Again, there are just two steps.

  1. Open Microsoft Word and open any Markdown file.
  2. Use the Save as… command and choose Word Document from the Save as type field.

A Good Choice for Anyone Familiar with Word

Microsoft Word is the de facto productivity software for millions of users. Writage helps you become familiar with the no-frills utility of Markdown. It has a simple syntax, and using it every day can make you skilled at it.

I will recommend Markdown (and Writage) at the top of my voice if you have any kind of a writing job.

Don’t forget to come back here and tell us what you feel about Markdown in general and Writage as a Markdown converter.

Want to write Markdown from scratch? Use our Markdown cheat sheet The Printable Markdown Cheat Sheet for Beginners and Experts This printable Markdown cheat sheet provides everything you need to know about Markdown formatting at a glance. Keep it handy and never be confused again. Read More  and learn to make a table in Markdown How to Create a Markdown Table Markdown makes it simple to format text online, such as bold text, and links. You can even make tables with Markdown. Read More !

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  1. Adam Spriggs
    January 7, 2017 at 12:57 am

    There's no way in heck I'd consider using Word for Markdown. Word is the antithesis of Markdown. I'll stick with Sublime Text or one of the multitude of other free local or cloud based text editors.

    • NJB
      January 7, 2017 at 6:03 am

      Exactly! Using MS Word *defeats* the point of utilising Markdown.