Converting from Works to Office

By john.a.wills ·
I have some data stored in Works 7 databases and some Works 7 editor envelope and label files based on that data. As Works is going away, I want to convert my databases to suitable Excel files and the envelope and label files to Word files capable of being used for merge and selection. How can I do this conversion?

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Easiest way

would probably be to open your files in whatever version of Office you are using, OR, if you haven't installed Office yet,
you can try opening the documents in the online Office web apps and save in probably Word format. There may be some conversion tools available from Microsoft if using older version of Office, say 2007, not sure if they have them for newer versions since MS has Works converters sometimes built in with Office.

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Turning it around gets me somewhere

by john.a.wills In reply to Easiest way

Word can open my text file, but Excel a database file. However, in Works I can save to Excel (more precisely, to csv), but I lose my headers and the checkbox column - which I need - does not seem to survive.
I have resigned myself to recreating the checkbox column (I am not yet sure of the best type) and the column headers. When I get some time I plan to experiment with a merge (Curiously, I have never done this, although I have written programs which create the CSV files for merges). Any tips would be welcome, although I expect that Word Help will tell me most of what I need to know.

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