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Works to Word

Our computer broke and the menders took Microsoft Works off and added Word instead. However we have some old files that are in Microsoft Works format and we need to open them using Word. Help I don't know how to do this.

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  • jgregg7937 Nov 19, 2008

    It should have worked, but still had all the little square emply boxes and could not read it. Any more ideas. Thanks.

  • jgregg7937 Nov 19, 2008

    Thanks. The MS Works document is being opened by WordPad. Is this significant? I have ordered a Microsoft Works thinking that installing it will enable this file and others to be opened.


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Greetings, JGregg7937, and welcome to

This is a fairly common and confusing problem. When you open up MSWord and you click open, I'm sure you can't find your files. Well, this is caused because Word, by default, looks for word's own little files. However, the two are very compatible. Click Open, or File>Open if you will, and click the drop down menu that says File Type and click all files (or you can simply type *.* in the file name slot). Go to the directory in which the file is saved and click open.

I hope that worked out for ya and let me know if it didn't.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008

  • Zarcc Nov 19, 2008

    So you are saying that you are managing to open it with MSWord but it looks like garbage?

    If so, it could be the age of MSWord and MSWorks. Say you open up a MSWorks document in MSWord 98 you will get a lot of gargage text.

    If that isn't what you are getting, try me again.

  • Zarcc Nov 19, 2008

    Hard to say. Do you know what version you are using? Usually under help about. Also, if it looks fine in wordpad, you can save it in .txt and then try that with word or copy and paste and save your money :-P


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