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Linux.com: Viewing Word Files at the Command Line

Mar 02, 2006, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Nesbitt)

"As a Linux user, there are times when you have to play nicely with users of Windows or Mac OS--such as when they send you Microsoft Word files. When you receive a Word file, you can either follow Richard Stallman's advice and refuse it, or bite the bullet and work with it. Modern Linux word processors--such as OpenOffice.org Writer, AbiWord, KWord, and TextMaker--can deal with most Word files. But if you don't want to fire up a word processor in order to read or print the document, you can turn to the command line. A handful of small but powerful Linux command line utilities make viewing, printing, and even converting Word files to another format a breeze.

"Antiword is a nifty application that can convert Word documents to plain text, PostScript, and PDF. According to the developer, conversion to DocBook XML is still experimental and doesn't always work well..."

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