WordPerfect to Word

By john.a.wills ·
I got a new PC a few months ago, with Windows 10 and the latest versions of Word and Works. I have some WordPerfect files, which I was on the old PC able to read with Works or Word, I forget which, but which neither of those tools gives a readable display of. I think my best bet is to convert them to Word, but how do I set about that?

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Have you tried saving them as RTF?

by wizard57m_cnet Moderator In reply to WordPerfect to Word

Open them in WordPerfect on old PC, and if WP has the option, save them as rich text (RTF), then try opening them on new PC in Word. Not sure if all formatting will be preserved, but it's a start!

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Good idea...

by john.a.wills In reply to Have you tried saving the ...

but the old PC went kaflooey; I retrieved the files from Cloud backup. I do not have WordPerfect on my new machine. At one time one could read WordPerfect files from Works, I am sure, but not with Works 7.

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OK, well...

by wizard57m_cnet Moderator In reply to Good idea...

since I've read that newer versions of Word, like from Office 2013, 2016, don't open those WP files, maybe you can find someone with Office/Word 2007, because, if memory serves, Word 2007 does have pretty good conversion of WP files. OR, perhaps you could locate Office 2007 converter at the Microsoft site for Office? If I think of anything else, will post a reply. Good luck!

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change the extension

by john.a.wills In reply to OK, well...

from .wps to .doc and the file becomes readable, although there is still quite a lot of junk to delete at top and bottom, and the header and footer have to be reconstructed. Thank to wizard for the advice.

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There are several ways of doing this

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to WordPerfect to Word

The easiest is if you still have the old NB open the WP files on that save them as Word Documants and then transfer them to the new NB.

Word has quite a few issues the main one being it doesn't want to open it's own files from a couple of different versions so if you have 2 or 3 version difference it's marginal if they will open in the new version.

Depending on which version of WP you had there is another option if it's 14 or latter save those documents as PDF and then transfer them to the new NB and Word should be able to open them as PDF and save them again as PDF's.

If you no longer have the old NB or it's not working you can download the Trial Version of WP from Corel and do the same thing open the documents save them as either Word or PDF documents and then when finished delete the WP Office installation.

I would stick to PDF's as they will always be openable with something unlike WP or Word Documents which at some point will refuse to open. They are less likely to open the more complex the document is so if it has lots of formatting and so on in it you will be more likely to get conversion errors and large mistakes when you open that particular document in a different version of the Word Processor you are using.

Word Perfect is quite good at opening all formats but word is downright nasty in doing anything but what it was designed to do in that version.

The guys here laughed at me still using Word Perfect when they started and now they have all deserted MS Office and are using Word Perfect Office it's just much more advanced and user friendly.

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