Technique to Perform NSF to Word Conversion Effectually

Mark Regan | January 18th, 2017 | Convert Your Data

NSF to Word Conversion can be simply acknowledged as a process of converting Lotus Notes data to Word document format. If you are amongst the Lotus Notes users who are looking forward for this NSF to Word conversion, then this write up is truly meant for you. In this blog post, we will shed some light on Lotus Notes and Word Documents (I think some extra knowledge will not do any harm!). In one of the sections we will discuss about the actual need for this conversion and the methods by which we can do the same.

Lotus Notes and MS Word

Lotus Notes is an efficient email client, which has marked its existence from last 26 years. Irrespective of some of the flaws, which are exhibited by Lotus Notes, it is still employed in few organizations and enterprises. This is because it can prove to be an efficient email client if used more than just for sending mails. The default storage files of Lotus Notes are NSF (Notes Storage Facility) files.

MS Word on the other hand is a software application that performs functions like composition, formatting and editing written matter. RTF or Rich Text Format is a format, which enables the users to interchange formatted documents whilst retaining entire formatting and content of the original document.

Requisite for NSF to Word Conversion

The obvious and the most frequent query, which we face, is what are the reasons for NSF to Word Conversion. This is because both of them are completely different platforms, one is an email client and one is a text document. There are many scenarios where we need to perform this conversion.

The conversion is helpful if the user wants to have a hard copy of all the mails that he has received or sent. This cannot be done in Lotus Notes. Therefore, the user can convert Lotus Notes mails to Word format and then get them printed out to keep a hard copy. In addition, there are times when the user is initiating cross platform migration and wants to keep a copy of mails in his system for future reference. The mails are converted to Word format and are then saved in the system.

Mechanism to Convert NSF to Word Document

To be honest there is no direct and effective way in which the NSF to Word conversion can be performed. However, if Lotus Notes follows or implements RTF (Rich Text Format) for storing mails then the conversion can possibly take place. This can be done by exporting the Lotus Notes mails in RTF format. Perform following steps to do the same:

  • In Lotus Notes, open the mail that you want to convert.
  • Select the File tab.
  • In this select Export option.
  • In the Save As option save the mail to RTF, format.

After this, the resultant RTF files can be opened in MS Word without any issue.

Another way around to perform NSF to Word conversion is by copy and paste option. Just copy the entire content of mails and save it in a Word document. Users find this method quiet easy and convenient at first go but soon the realization comes over that this is not a realistic method. This is because this method cannot be employed if there is a large collection of emails that is to be converted. This method can support conversion of around hundred mails at the maximum as its very time consuming and tedious.


There are numerous reasons that arise in front of users due to which users need to perform NF to Word conversion.  In the above-discussion, we have discussed the way to perform the conversion in an efficient manner. If you don’t want to use manual method to convert NSF to Word format then download third party software to complete this task automatically.

NSF to Word Conversion