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Open .pub extension to .pdf or .doc?

by Watsisname / November 16, 2011 7:09 PM PST

I recently had a .pub extension file sent to me. What is the easiest way of opening into, say, .pdf or .doc. I have Office 2000 with the Compatability pack for Office 2007 system version 12.0.6612.1000 and Adobe ReaderX. Is there an addon or update that might help withought me buying Publisher?

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Re: extension
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 16, 2011 7:20 PM PST
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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 16, 2011 7:23 PM PST

I agree with Kees, there seems to be no "Viewer" available for opening and looking at .pub files. Microsoft has other viewers, for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, but nothing for its Publisher application.

Microsoft explains the (limited) options here;

Is there any chance you can ask the sender of this file to send it in some other format? Although many users have Microsoft Office suites, not all have the Publisher app.


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General Info: Part Answer
by Watsisname / November 17, 2011 6:22 PM PST
In reply to: Interesting.

Dear Kees_B & MarkFlax, I ferreted out a website that can change about any format:
The only drawbacks are; There is an upper limit on file size for free use and that one must upload, await an e mail link and then download.
However, It worked very quick and slick, at this moment in time it would be my first port of call

I would prefer to download a reader that includes .pub, preferably freeware, for my private use in computer.
Any more ideas would be appreciated.
Regards John

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ERROR Should be
by Watsisname / November 17, 2011 6:31 PM PST

My last reply should have read Using a qwerty keyboard the mistake is obviously Freudian.
Apologies John

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Best answer!
by jamiedb200 / May 28, 2012 5:16 AM PDT

Yes, whatisname, converted a .pub file to .doc (MS Word) format quickly for free. Excellent service if you don't mind waiting a few minutes. Much better than (somehow) installing an old copy of the entirely obsolete (and unlamented!) Publisher. Thanks!

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Looks like you're out of luck
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 18, 2011 5:28 AM PST

There is no .Pub reader.

I still think the sender could be approached to offer you files in future in a format that can be opened by you and others who also don't have Publisher installed.

Frankly? It is not good form to send people files that they cannot open.


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