[KS] Converting HWP to .doc or .docx (Mac & Windows)

Frank Hoffmann hoffmann at koreanstudies.com
Thu Jul 25 13:07:47 EDT 2013

Thought this could be useful information for those working mostly with 
MS Word for text processing but receiving .hwp files from Korean 

Permanent link:

Windows 7 & Windows 8:

Download and install Microsoft's new "HwpConverter" (free).

Mac OS X: 


Step 1: Open the .hwp file on your Mac by double-clicking it.
(Precondition: you already installed the free "Hancom Office Hanword 
VIEWER" application, http://www.hancom.co.kr/downLoad.downPU.do?mcd=002)

Step 2: In the Hancom Viewer, go to "File" -> "Print..." --> now click 
on the "PDF" drop-down and choose "Save as PDF..." and give it a name.

Step 3: If you have Adobe Acrobat *Standard* or Adobe Acrobat *Pro*, 
then open the newly created (= converted to) PDF file in Acrobat, and 
here just go to "File" -> "Save As..." and choose "Word Document" as 
format for .docx, or "Word 97-2003" for the older .doc format, then 
save it.

Step 3 (alternatively): If you only have the 'Reader' version of 
Acrobat, then use any other 3rd party tool to convert the just created 
PDF to MS Word, or use Nitro's free conversion tool (online, therefore 
NOT secure, do not use for personal documents or other docs you have 
concerns about): 
Or quickly create your own conversion application on your Mac:


Another way to get HWP documents converted (on any platform) without 
having the full PC software package seems to join "Naver Cafe" (the 
blogging website from Naver.com). Within there you find a tool to 
convert HWP to MS Word. That means you have to upload your documents … 
NOT a good solution as it is not secure.

--> How to join Naver Cafe for non-Korean residents -->

Best wishes,

Frank Hoffmann

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