Atto: Microsoft Word File Import (Atto)

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Import entire Microsoft Word 2010 (.docx) files, including tables, embedded images and Microsoft Equation Editor equations, cleanly. Also imports LibreOffice and Google Docs files saved to .docx format.
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This plugin allows users import the entire contents of a Word 2010 (or later) file as clean HTML, retaining formatting such as headings, lists, bold and italic. The heading styles in Word such as "Heading 1" are mapped to corresponding tags in HTML such as h3, h4 (the "Heading 1" style is mapped to h3, etc.). For best results, the imported Word files should be well-styled, i.e. use standard Word named styles (e.g. "Heading 1", "List Bullet") as much as possible.

It supports .docx files only, not the older .doc format. The following Word versions support this format: Word 2007, Word 2010 and Word 2013 (on Windows); Word 2011 and Word 2016 (on MacOS). Note that files in.docm format (i.e. including macros) are not supported.

LibreOffice 5.x can also save files in .docx format, and they will import too, but generally the quality is not as good as native Word files, even if the document uses styles well.

Note also that the PHP XSL extension must be enabled on your webserver, and the plugin requires Moodle 2.7 or higher.

After installation, the Atto editing toolbar should have a new Word icon added to the files group, similar to the screenshot below.

Atto toolbar files group with WordImport icon added

You can click on the link to open the file selection dialog, or alternatively, just drag a file over the text area and it will be imported and converted.


This plugin is part of set Microsoft Word file import/export.


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  • Picture of Ker Lin
    Sun, 18 Jun 2017, 2:55 AM
    Hello Eoin,
    I ran into a problem on this plugin installation of on Moodle 3.1.6 version. I was able to install this plugin on windows xampp and got working without any problem.
    But when I installed on Ubuntu, I got a pop up window “Alert File conversion failed” when I did the drag and drop the Word file. Got the following error message by “F12”:
    Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'parentNode' of null
    at c.replace (yui_combo.php:98)
    at XMLHttpRequest.d.onreadystatechange (yui_combo.php?m/1497539455/atto_morefontcolors/button/button-min.js&m/1497539455/atto_morebackcolor…:11)
    replace @ yui_combo.php:98
    d.onreadystatechange @ yui_combo.php?m/1497539455/atto_morefontcolors/button/button-min.js&m/1497539455/atto_morebackcolor…:11

    My server configuration from phpinfo() is PHP Version 7.0.15-0ubuntu0.16.04.4. Thank you in advance for your help.
  • Picture of Eoin Campbell
    Tue, 20 Jun 2017, 4:21 AM
    This error is possibly related to the fact that you are running PHP 7 on Ubuntu. Are you also running PHP 7 on Windows? Additionally, the error message seems to indicate that the issue is with the plugin atto_morefontcolurs, not atto_wordimport. Try uninstalling atto_morefontcolurs and see if that makes a difference.
  • Picture of Ker Lin
    Tue, 20 Jun 2017, 10:11 PM
    Yes, I am using PHP7 on Windows 10. I also uninstalled the plugin “morefontcolors” But the same problem still exists. Later found that in the file of /etc/php/7.0/apache2/php.ini of Ubuntu 16.04, the extension=php_xsl.dll was commented out. After I uncommented the semi-colon, the error message went away and I was able to drag and drop the Word file successfully without any problem. smile But if I use the Word icon to upload a file, it failed with no error. The content was not uploaded. Do not know of why.
    Right now I am ok at least the “Drag and Drop” is working. Thank you for your support.
  • Picture of Sola Ajiboye
    Sat, 12 Aug 2017, 6:59 PM
    This is an excellent plugin, works as described - thanks Eoin for the support.
  • Picture of Bert van der Hooft
    Tue, 29 Aug 2017, 7:20 PM
    Having the same issue on moodle 3.3 as Ker Lin: clicking the button and uploading doesn't do anything. Using Php 7. Any suggestions?
  • Picture of Eoin Campbell
    Tue, 29 Aug 2017, 8:08 PM
    Hi Bert, to clarify: Is drag and drop working but clicking on the Word icon to upload is not?
  • Picture of Helson C
    Thu, 31 Aug 2017, 3:28 AM
    Hello, The plugin don't work in Moodle 3.1.1+
    XSL Enabled on XAMPP

    When click on word icon,
    Uncaught TypeError: Cannot set property 'formcallback' of undefined
    at yui_combo.php?3.17.2/handlebars-base/handlebars-base-min.js&3.17.2/handlebars-compiler/handlebars-c…:52
    at YUI._notify (yui_combo.php?rollup/3.17.2/yui-moodlesimple-min.js&rollup/1504111899/mcore-min.js:9)
    at yui_combo.php?rollup/3.17.2/yui-moodlesimple-min.js&rollup/1504111899/mcore-min.js:9
    at YUI._notify (yui_combo.php?rollup/3.17.2/yui-moodlesimple-min.js&rollup/1504111899/mcore-min.js:9)
    at YUI.T (yui_combo.php?rollup/3.17.2/yui-moodlesimple-min.js&rollup/1504111899/mcore-min.js:9)
    at e.Loader._finish (yui_combo.php?rollup/3.17.2/yui-moodlesimple-min.js&rollup/1504111899/mcore-min.js:16)
    at e.Loader._onSuccess (yui_combo.php?rollup/3.17.2/yui-moodlesimple-min.js&rollup/1504111899/mcore-min.js:16)
    at e.Loader.p (yui_combo.php?rollup/3.17.2/yui-moodlesimple-min.js&rollup/1504111899/mcore-min.js:17)
    at e.Loader.onSuccess (yui_combo.php?rollup/3.17.2/yui-moodlesimple-min.js&rollup/1504111899/mcore-min.js:17)
    at s._finish (yui_combo.php?rollup/3.17.2/yui-moodlesimple-min.js&rollup/1504111899/mcore-min.js:12)
  • Picture of Helson C
    Thu, 31 Aug 2017, 4:34 AM
    I has been removed all another atto plugins and the issue persist
    XSL enabled
    libxslt Version 1.1.27
    libxslt compiled against libxml Version 2.7.8
    EXSLT enabled
    libexslt Version 0.8.16
  • Picture of Eoin Campbell
    Fri, 1 Sep 2017, 5:05 AM
    This issue is occurring within your client-side browser environment, rather than on the Moodle server. Can you tell me the browser (including version and language edition), the operating system (including version and language edition)?
  • Picture of Helson C
    Wed, 6 Sep 2017, 7:37 PM
    Hello Eloin,
    Chrome 58.0.3029.110 pt_br
    Windows 7 pt-br
  • Picture of Eoin Campbell
    Wed, 6 Sep 2017, 10:11 PM
    Hmmm, I tested with my Chrome browser set to Brazilian Portuguese (but on English Windows 10) and it worked OK. Can you create an account on (my test server) and check that it works there?
  • Picture of Roman Galperin
    Sun, 24 Sep 2017, 5:51 PM
    Hey everyone, quick question - does this plugin retain the format and styling of tables for you ? I am trying to insert a table I made in WORD, but it comes out very poor in the assignment. Has anyone encountered this or perhaps it's an issue with my theme ?
  • Picture of Eoin Campbell
    Mon, 25 Sep 2017, 12:17 AM
    In general, the plugin does not retain the styling of table cells or borders, although it does retain formatting such as merged row and column cells, and heading and body rows. The rationale is that it is preferable for the table to conform to the styling conventions defined for the Moodle server. For example, I use the following CSS definitions to set the look of tables to have heading rows with white text on a blue background, every 2nd body row shaded, and borders on all cells.

    table { margin-bottom:1.5em;box-shadow:0.8em 0.8em 0.8em 0.4em #888;table-layout:fixed}
    table, td, th { border:1px solid blue}
    tr { vertical-align:top;}
    thead tr { background-color:blue;color:white;}
    tbody > tr:nth-child(2n+1) {background-color:gray}
  • Picture of Denis Glagolev
    Wed, 22 Aug 2018, 10:09 PM
    Hallo, Thank you for that plugin, but Im not sure it is working well - after pushing "upload file" I have an error reading file ".docx". I have tried several files (with tables, images, and text only) and different browsers (chrome, maxthon, opera), but error the same
  • Picture of Eoin Campbell
    Thu, 23 Aug 2018, 1:40 AM
    You need to make sure the file is saved in Word in .docx format.
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