I assume there might be some software that will do this for me or another program that can convert the Word .doc file?
You could try this: Ctrl-A to select the entire text. Ctrl-C to copy it. Open a new Word document ("blank document", not template or any other option). Press Ctrl-V to paste it - select "Match Destination Formatting" from the small icon appearing at the bottom of the pasted text.
Other options to try can be found here:
What you can do is File, Save As, then at the bottom, where it says the File Format, change to Rich Text.
Word files can be used through doc fixer
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