Converting from Works to Word

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 20, 2011)

Many people start using Word after having used Microsoft Works for a period of time. This means that they have a large number of documents already created in Works which they must then transfer to Word. There are two basic ways you can do this. The first is by following these general steps:

  1. Start the version of Works you used to save the files.
  2. Load the document into Works.
  3. Use the Save As command to save the file in an RTF format.
  4. Start Word.
  5. Load the RTF file into Word.

If you have quite a few Works documents, this process can get a bit tedious. The second way to convert your documents is to simply load the document into Word. Word 97 has a built-in converter for Works, but not for all versions. If you are using a very old version of Works (before version 3), and you are converting to Word 97, then using the RTF route may be the best way to go. You should also note that if you are using Word 97, the Works converters are not installed automatically. You must run the Setup program and specifically choose to install them.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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