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How can I change work written in Microsoft Word Office and put on a CD so that it can be opened up on a MAC computer? I have written two books about my life. One is based on my life from 1929 to 1984 and is in 5 parts. The second book is from 1984 to 2000. Both are on one CD which I have sent to London, Ontario Canada, for a relative. She has a Mac and cannot open it all up - only Book1 parts 2 to 5. Book 2 will not open at all. It does not seem logical. I checked that it all came out OK on both my computer and on a lap top before sending it.

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  • Spinner732 Nov 20, 2009

    I had already got an 'RTF save' on Bk1 part 1 on a previous occasion so I guess that will probably transfer OK. There are 40 pages in that.

    Book 2 has 268 pages in all and 'RTF save' would not save. I was told that 'the network or path where you are trying to save this document is unavailable'. There were several other possibles on the list ie
    Word Document, Macro-enabled Document (where I found RTF), Single File Web Page, Web page,
    Web page filtered, RTF (it would not save), Plain text, Word XML, Word 2003XML, Word 6-9, Word 7 and Word 97-2003.
    Can I use any of those? Thanks very much for the previous suggestion anway.

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The two of you may be running different versions of Microsoft Word,
with you having created some documents in a "newer" version than she is using.

The solution: open each document, and click "File" and then "Save As".
Under the "file name" input-area, there is a "save as type" pull-down.
Choose "rich text format". Save the file.

The "RTF" ("rich text format") was designed to be _highly_ portable,
without losing the text-formatting that you have done,
and she should have no problems with reading RTF files into Word.

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