I am pasting documents that I have highlighted in Microsoft Word into Obsidian and wondering if there is a way to keep the highlights wen I paste the documents. I want to start working in Obsidian rather than Word for research but it is a shame to lose all those highlights.
I have a similar concern… I have lots of highlighted and color coded bolding which I would like to import into Obsidian (and comments) … how can one do this (simple copy paste produced a jpg, or plain text options) ?
The best way to do this is probably to convert your Word documents to markdown using Pandoc.
This Pandoc command will convert Word highlights into markdown highlights:
pandoc input-file.docx --to markdown+mark -o markdown-output.md
markdown-output.md are placeholders that you need the replace with the correct / desired paths. If you are working current directory, the filename will suffice, but otherwise, you need the full paths to the existing input file and the desired output path.
+mark extension for the markdown format. This is what ensures, that the Word highlights are formatted like so:
==highlight== in the markdown file.
For comments, I think you would need a lua filter for Pandoc like this one that can convert Word comments / changes to CriticMarkup in markdown: A pandoc filter for MS Word track changes to criticmarkup · GitHub
Use it like so along with the
pandoc your_word_doc.docx --track-changes=all -to markdown+mark --lua-filter=criticmarkup.lua -o markdown-output.md
See also the Commentator / CriticMarkup plugin for Obsidian:
awesome thanks Ill try Pandoc