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I received a file through email that is listed as .wpd

When I tried to open it, the mesage states that "the file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action".

I tried to create an association, but, I just cannot get it to work. Please explain how to do this.

Thanks,

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Not sure, might be a word perfect document (???)

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If so, click open with ... and select any word processing program or text editor. You may get a warning message that says the formats wont work, etc. Or you could ask sender to copy the text to an e-mail and resend it. Or ask sender to save as... and select a word processor that you have (for example, Word)

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I thought the extension meant wordpad. No wonder my association wouldn't work.

I did ask the sender for another format, but no response yet.

Bob, I looked at the support page you sent. I will attempt the maneuver soon.

Bob, Larry, Thanks for responding.

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You might have a problem. I'll explain.

The procedure for associating a given extension (like wpd) with a file to open it, is very simple. You take care that you have such a file somewhere on the hard disk (by example by saving the attachment from the e-mail). Then browse to it with Windows Explorer, shift-right click on it, choose Open with ... from the menu, browse to the program you wish to use to open it, CHECK the box stating you want to always use this program to open this type of file, and OK. That's easy isn't it.

But, of course, you need to have a program that can read the file. wpd is a WordPerfect Document, but I assume you don't have that program. Older versions of MS Word came with the option to install a WordPerfect filter to open WP-files, but that should create an assocation for wpd also, I think. Newer versions of MS Word seem to lack even the option.

The easiest thing to do would be to ask the sender to save her original file in a format she can save and you can read. Any variant of MS Word format (.doc) would do, but maybe she can produce rtf or html also.
A more cumbersome way would be to buy your own copy of WordPerfect, or download 50 Mb of OpenOffice from www.openoffice.com, although I'm not 100% sure that program can read wpd-files.

Hope this helps.


Kees

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"""You take care that you have such a file somewhere on the hard disk (by example by saving the attachment from the e-mail). Then browse to it with Windows Explorer, shift-right click on it, choose Open with ... from the menu, browse to the program you wish to use to open it, CHECK the box stating you want to always use this program to open this type of file, and OK. That's easy isn't it."""
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Kess, I did that at first, and it didn't work. I thought it was Wordpad.

I have asked the sender to resend in a different format.

Thanks for responding,

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go here ...

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Sheila, Microsoft Word Should Work In A Pinch...

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Although that particular file is indeed a "WordPerfect Document", and we get plenty of them at our agency, none of our computers have WordPerfect installed. As a result, I've reassociated all of our machines to open .wpd file types with Word. If you have Word installed, simply click once on the .wpd file to highlight it, then, while holding down the "shift" key,RIGHT click on the file, choose "Open With" from the menu. When the "Open With" box opens, place a CHECK mark in the little box that says: "Always use this program to open this file type", then scroll to the "Winword" listing and double click on it. If the filter is installed, the file should open.

Occasionally, Word still has difficulty. In that case, I open a blank document in Microsoft Word, then click on "File" in the upper left corner, choose "Open". When the "Open" window loads, navigate to the .wpd file, then double click on it. The file should convert and open.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Grif,

"A pinch" might be optimistic.

To start with, you must have installed the WordPerfect filters into Word. That's not included in the typical install, if available at all for the appropiate WP-version in the custom install.

Much more to think of in http://www.columbia.edu/~em36/wpdos/wptoword.html

But I think Edward did a good job in locating auxiliary programs also.

Hope this helps.


Kees

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Kees, Some Info For Ya...

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I've installed varying versions of Office Professional on our agency computers as well as on my personal computers and the only version which required a special installation of WordPerfect converters was a single computer with Office 97 installed. Although normally not a problem with Office 97, apparently the converters were not installed when this one was placed on the machine. In the other cases, the complete, default installation of Office 97/2000/XP seems to have installed the converters. For example, today, I did a clean set up a used computer with Windows 2000 and installed Office XP Professional. Immediately after doing so, I associated .wpd files with Word and it worked fine.

That's just my experience with this issue.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Grif, I just now was able to use your suggestion. I didn't forget your suggestion, I was just not able to use the 'puter.

Anyway, I opened the wpd in Works. I used a blank document. It worked just you said it would.

Thanks for the help. I have a question about a pps file. I will make a new post.

Thanks,
Sheila

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(NT) (NT) Sheila, Good Job & Glad We Could Help !

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