Convert DOCX to DOC for Free with your Mac
If you need to convert a .docx file to .doc, don’t pay for one of the many conversion sites or utilities out there. Your Mac has the ability to handle the file conversion entirely on it’s own already built in, and it’s completely free, no downloads or third party software is required. To convert the Microsoft Word DOCX file into a standard Word DOC file format, we’re going to be using the textutil command line tool. The Terminal is generally considered advanced, but this is easy enough that almost anyone should be able to do it, just follow along:
- Launch the Terminal app (located in /Applications/Utilities/Terminal)
- Type the following command:
textutil -convert doc /path/to/filename.docx
For example, I have a docx file located in my Documents folder that I want converted, this would be the syntax to use:
textutil -convert doc ~/Documents/ImportantReport.docx
The ~ signifies your home directory, the “-convert doc” flag tells the textutil command what to convert the file to, and the rest is just the path to your docx file that needs to be translated into the doc format.
This does not overwrite the original file or make changes to the original file, instead, a newly converted doc will appear with the same file name and the new file type suffix.
As just a general Terminal tip, I would highly recommend using tab completion when entering in long directory strings and complex names, it’ll save you plenty of headaches. Basically you just start typing the name of a file or directory and hit tab to auto-complete the name.