Atto Word import

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The Atto Word import plugin is available from the Atto plugins directory. It can be used to import the complete contents of a Microsoft Word 2010 (.docx) file, including tables, equations, headings and other structural markup, and any embedded images.

At present, this plugin is in beta, so it may not always work. 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.

All language editions of the above versions should also work, including Chinese, Arabic, etc.

Installation and configuration

This plugin is not yet available on the official Moodle plugins website, as it is still undergoing the formal approval process, which is unfortunately stalled while Moodle HQ staff focus on getting Moodle 3.0 released. Hopefully it should be approved sometime in November 2015.

In the meantime, you can download and install it manually, as follows.

  1. Start a browser, and download the installation Zip file from my Moodle2Word test webserver, and save it to a local folder.
  2. Log in to your Moodle server as the administrator.
  3. In Moodle, go to the Site administration > Plugins > Install plugins page, and expand the "Install plugin from ZIP file" group.
  4. In the "Plugin type" dropdown field, select "Atto HTML editor / Atto plugin (atto)".
  5. Click on the "Choose a file" button next to the "Zip package" field, and select the Zip file you downloaded (
  6. You may need to check the Acknowledgement box (Moodle 2.7/8).
  7. Click the button "Install plugin from the Zip file", and follow the prompts.

After installation is complete, edit any page, and a new Word icon should appear in the main Atto toolbar. If the toolbar has been customised, may need to expand the toolbar before you see it.

See also

This plugin is derived from work on a question import format ([Word table format]) that supports importing Word files to populate multiple entire questions, including all the text fields associated with them. If you are editing quiz questions, using this import format is probably more efficient.