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MS Word Attachments

by Ben Ford / September 6, 2008 3:53 AM PDT

I am running Windows XP SP3, my son runs MS Vista. He recently sent me a Word document as an email attachment. When I opened the attachment in Outlook Express, it appeared as a series of letters and squares. Is there any action he or I could take to change this to the original text ?

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Re: MS Word
by Kees Bakker / September 6, 2008 6:18 AM PDT
In reply to: MS Word Attachments

What's the file extension of the document he sent you? That's a crucial thing to know.
And, just to be sure, how did you open the document in Outlook Express? I don't think it was File>Open.


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MS Word Attachments
by Ben Ford / September 6, 2008 10:59 AM PDT
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Rees Baker, thanks for your reply. The file extension is wps. and the Type is Microsoft Works Word Processor. I opened the file by clicking the paper clip and then "open" in the dialogue.
The message is from MS Vista to Windows XP SP2.
(I am not an expert.)

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Spelling mistake
by Ben Ford / September 6, 2008 11:07 AM PDT
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Kees Bakker. Sorry for the error.

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Re: document
by Kees Bakker / September 6, 2008 8:27 PM PDT
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No problem at all about my name. I can't expect everybody to write Dutch names correctly.

A .wps file isn't a Word file (that's .doc or .docx). But it's Works (as you say). Ask your son to save the document in a more widespread format, like .rtf. You'll be able to open that.
The inverse trick (from MS Word to MS Works) using the same .rtf format is described in

MS Works is a competing and incompatible Microsoft program (with a word processor, a spreadsheet and a database). You could call it "a poor man's Office" (because it's cheaper).
With OpenOffice ( being totally free and totally compatible with MS Office, it's beyond me why anybody would use MS Works. The best advice for your son: switch to OpenOffice.


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MS Attachments
by Ben Ford / September 7, 2008 1:55 AM PDT
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Kees Bakker; Many thanks for your help. All is now clear.

Once over the top it's all downhill.

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