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How to extract text from Word document in C# and VB?

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‚ÄčSyncfusion Essential DocIO is a .NET Word library used to create, read, and edit Word documents programmatically without Microsoft Word or Interop dependencies. Using this library, you can extract the text from Word document and save as another new Word document or plain text file.

This article will show you how to use the method of document.GetText() to extract the text directly from the word documents in WinForms using Syncfusion Word library (Essential DocIO) in C# and VB.NET.

Steps to extract text from Word document in C#

  1. Create a new C# console application project.

Create new C# console app in WinForms

  1. Install Syncfusion.DocIO.WinForms NuGet package as a reference to your .NET Framework applications from the

Install WinForms NuGet packages

  1. Include the following namespace in the Program.cs file.


using Syncfusion.DocIO;
using Syncfusion.DocIO.DLS;


Imports Syncfusion.DocIO
Imports Syncfusion.DocIO.DLS
  1. Use the following code to extract text from Word document.


//Loads a template document
WordDocument document = new WordDocument("Template.docx");
//Gets the document text
string text = document.GetText();
//Write the text collection to a text file
System.IO.File.WriteAllText("Sample.txt", text);
//Dispose the document instance 


'Loads a template document 
Dim document As WordDocument = New WordDocument("Template.docx") 
'Gets the document text
Dim text As String = document.GetText() 
'Write the text collection to a text file
System.IO.File.WriteAllText("Sample.txt", text) 
'Dispose the document instance


A complete working example of extracting text from Word document in C# can be downloaded from here.

Input template Word document as follows:

Input extract text from word document

By executing the program, you will get the output text file as follows:

Output text file for extract text from word document.

Take a moment to peruse the documentation, where you can find basic Word document processing options along with features like mail merge, merge and split documents, find and replace text in the Word document, protect the Word documents, and most importantly PDF and Image conversions with code examples.

Explore more about the rich set of Syncfusion Word Framework features.

See Also:

Text Conversions in Word Library


Starting with v16.2.0.x, if you reference Syncfusion assemblies from trial setup or from the NuGet feed, include a license key in your projects. Refer to link to learn about generating and registering Syncfusion license key in your application to use the components without trail message.


I hope you enjoyed learning about how to extract text from Word document in C# and VB.

You can refer to our WinForms feature tour page to know about its other groundbreaking feature representations and documentation, and how to quickly get started for configuration specifications. You can also explore our PDF example to understand how to create and manipulate data in the .NET PDF. 

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