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    Works word processor won't open .doc files

    A friend has Win ME with Works installed.
    He got MS Office XP and converted some .wps files (I think) to .doc format, but he decided against keeping the MS Office and now he can't get Works to open the .doc documents.
    I changed the association of .doc files to the Works word processor, but when I click on one I get the following error:

    "Wksw has caused an error in WKWPAC.DLL
    Wkws will now close"

    We can open the word processor program manually or by clicking on a .wps file, but we get the error message if we click on a .doc file OR try to open a .doc file from using the menu's "Open" command in Works.


    1) Shouldn't works word processor be able to open a .doc file?
    2) If No to #1, then how can he convert the .doc files back to .wps format (I think that
    is the native Works word processor format). He forgot how he initially converted them.
    3) I think the answer to #1 is yes, if so then how do I fix it.

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    Re: Works word processor won't open .doc files

    Thanks for all the help.
    Works doesn't understand the XP version of a .doc file.
    Question solved, problem remains:

    Do any of you know where the "converter" prog is on the MS site to change my friends "docs" back to a format that Works 2000 can read?

    He still has ten chances to use Word XP before it dies, but he no longer has the disc so he can't add the converter needed.

    Sometimes I love MS when I think of...
    In this case, they are lower than whale @#$!%! It would have been so easy for them to...

    Suggestions wanted.

    Jim

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    Re: Works word processor won't open .doc files

    He can open his 'docs' files, one at a time, with Word-XP and then 'save as' filename.rtf. RTF will interpret both directions for files with simple content (text, bolding, underline etc).

    To read the rtf files in Works, he would need to change the associations, or else open Works system and look for 'existing files'. Once open in Works, he can 'save as' wps and he is back home, maybe with some loss of content.

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    Re: Works word processor won't open .doc files

    RTF in Word 2002 is different than RTF in earlier versions.

    Works might not be able to properly vet RTF 1.7.

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    Re: Works word processor won't open .doc files

    Egad - you mean rtf is not rtf? It always has been! Even between Mac and dos/windows.

    What will fall next? Text will not be text? <img src=/S/question.gif border=0 alt=question width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/igiveup.gif border=0 alt=igiveup width=31 height=23>

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    Re: Works word processor won't open .doc files

    Heh...actually text isn't always text; at least not the same text. Notice Wordpad can open and save as Text (Windows so-called ANSI text format), MS-DOS text (plain text), and Unicode text. It used to make me crazy trying to figure out why plain text files created with pico or vi would often display improperly in Notepad, but okay in Wordpad and MS-DOS edit; and, there would be extra characters visible when reading a text file created by Notepad in some plain text editors.

    Then I realized text isn't always text. <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15>

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