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Opening files

by Tara / March 29, 2004 6:25 AM PST

I recently purchased a new computer (Dell Dimension 2400) with XP operating system and Word Perfect 11 program. My old computer (HP Pavillion) had Windows ME and MS Works V6.0. I had copied my old files onto a disk and loaded them into the new computer and have encountered many problems (and many different pieces of advice) when trying to open these documents. One piece of advice was that I would have to install the MS Works onto the new computer in order to open these files. Unfortunately, I either lost the disk for it or it is part of the system recovery disk for the HP which I obviously can't load onto my new system. Is there any other way to open these files (I pared it down to about 8 files) without going out and purchasing a version of Works that I will never use again? Thanks for any help.

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Opening files, Open Office, Be free.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 29, 2004 7:49 AM PST
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Covert them to .RTF and be free.


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Re:Opening files, Open Office, Be free.
by Tara / March 29, 2004 1:11 PM PST

Tried this, it opened in Notepad using square symbols. I tried the wpd extension and it said it could not be opened within the extension parameters. Anything else?

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Odd, I didn't offer that as a solution.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 29, 2004 5:36 PM PST

In my post I noted a tool to convert the Works document to RTF and a free Office package.

Notepad was not mentioned.

What directions are needed?


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Re:Re:Opening files, Open Office, Be free.
by Papa Echo / March 29, 2004 8:38 PM PST

Tara, do you understand what Bob is trying to tell you ? Convert your files (i.e. save again) in Rich Text Format, (.RTF)and Word Perfect 11 will be able to open them.

As for Open Office, it is a free Office Suite not unlike MS Office. It is FREE.

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Re:Opening files
by Kees Bakker / March 29, 2004 2:53 PM PST
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Convert them on your old computer with MS Works to something WordPerfect can read. I don't know what's the common factor, but I assume the rtf Bob mentioned might work. Text (txt) is the last and universal resort.

Or find any other computer with Works or Microsoft software that can read and convert those files.


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