Converting LaTeX to Word – part 2 (LaTeX2RTF)

In my last post, I explained how I used Pandoc to convert from LaTeX to Word (doc, docx) and Word-compatible (RTF) formats, but I had some issues with getting figure references and numbers to show up. Today I’ll explain how to use a nice program called LaTeX2RTF to achieve similar results and get everything to show up more or less as intended. This is Part 2 in the continuing saga. Part 3 (sometime in the future) will come back to Pandoc.

Today’s post includes:

BTW, this post from 2011 is worth checking out too, as it mentions several other options for converting from LaTeX to another format.

How to use LaTeX2RTF to convert from LaTex to Word formats

  1. Download LaTeX2RTF here (I’m using the current Win32 version [latex2rtf-2.3.8_win.exe] but by the time you’ve read this there’s probably a newer version out, so check the website first)
  2. Follow the installation & usage instructions here
  3. Make sure you have a valid latex (tex) file, biblio file, bst file (for the citation style), and any other files you need for the file to compile properly
  4. Check out the jabbrv package if you need to use journal abbreviations in your citations
  5. Compile your latex file using your favorite latex editor/compiler so that you generate the .aux and .bbl files (normally you need to run latex -> bibtex -> latex -> latex)
  6. Run LaTeX2RTF via either the command line or the GUI – I haven’t tried the command line option yet, only the GUI, and its usage is pretty self-explanatory
  7. Voila! You should have a nicely formatted document
  8. For issues, refer to the user’s manual or the support page

 Pros and Cons of using LaTeX2RTF

+ Pros

– Cons

 Some sources of latex bibliography (bst) files