Captions and figure references by label are lost when converting .odt to .docx with Open Office. Captions get hidden under the image and truncated by a box. Numeric references are replaced by “Illustration”.

Is there a way to export to .docx from org-mode and preserve these feature?


#+ATTR_ODT: :width 10
#+CAPTION: Caption text get hidden by image
#+LABEL: fig:label_image

See in figure [[fig:label_image]].

Yes there is. The best way to achieve this is to export first to latex, and then use pandoc to convert the latex to Word. There is, luckily, a library that does this already: [ox-word][1]. You'll have to manually install it, since it's not in MELPA. It's part of an Emacs distribution called scimax.

Once you've downloaded it:

(use-package ox-word
:load-path "path/to/dir"
:after ox)

And then C-c C-e w p to export to Word. Figures and references will work just fine.

use-package is a macro that can be installed with MELPA: https://github.com/jwiegley/use-package.

  • Is it possible to use this feature in a simple way, without using the full scimax distribution? From my “own” emacs I got mapcar: Symbol’s function definition is void: org-ref-find-bibliography. From within scimax, I got lost and export seemed to also fail.
    – M. Toya
    Dec 5 '18 at 11:28
  • The instructions I wrote tell you how to use it without the scimax distribution. Just copy the ox-word file from the scimax distribution and put it somewhere in your path, then use to code above to load it. The thing is that ox-word depends on org-ref, another tool you should definitely get familiar with. Install that first. (The dependency should be listed on ox-word, but it's not. Good catch)
    – dangom
    Dec 5 '18 at 11:54
  • I now stumble upon pandoc: nil: openFile: does not exist (No such file or directory) if: Wrong type argument: stringp, nil. (pandoc -v yields pandoc
    – M. Toya
    Dec 5 '18 at 15:30
  • maybe update to pandoc 2. It's been out for years
    – dangom
    Dec 5 '18 at 17:11
  • It still fail with pandoc 2.5. Something else must be missing on my box.
    – M. Toya
    Dec 6 '18 at 14:34

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