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    Conversion of Worperfect to MS Word (Word 2000)

    Hello all,

    I have presently to provide solution for this situation: Provide technical support for conversion of Word Perfect files to MS Word (any version - using version 2000) without Word Perfect installed on any machine. Referencing TechNet article Q211360 I have opened blank Word document, Chosen Tools, Options, selected the General Tab. On General Tab select Confirm Conversion at open. This works for some of the files, but not all *.WPD files open under MS Word. I receive error message indicating that the files are corrupt. The thing is that Word Perfect opens the files correctly. There are a few hundred users who have gotten new pcs and their old files are on server in format of word perfect. New computers have Office 2000.

    Thanks for any help you can provide.

    Todd

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    Re: Conversion of Worperfect to MS Word (Word 2000)

    Todd:

    Are you able to use a third-party solution? If so, I could recommend DocXchange--it converts WP to Word and does a relatively good job...

    klyjen

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    Re: Conversion of Worperfect to MS Word (Word 2000)

    Are the problems with files created in WordPerfect 2000? I think Word's converters work only with WordPerfect 5.x and 6.x files.

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    Re: Conversion of Worperfect to MS Word (Word 2000)

    I believe that would work, thank you. The downside to that is that for a site liscense of 4,500+ computers the costs would be high.

    I hope to find a way to fix this possibly using existing software. It may sound funny, but we do not have funding till next fiscal year to purchase any computer items.

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    Re: Conversion of Worperfect to MS Word (Word 2000)

    All but one document has been created with Word Perfect 2000. The old document can be opened in Word with no problem. (This is in reference to my test batch of documents copied from a large data pool)

    Thanks for the help - I think we struck gold. It sounds like Word Perfect 2000 cannot be converted to Word easily without the assistance of a program such as a conversion utility or Word Perfect itself.

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    Re: Conversion of Worperfect to MS Word (Word 2000)

    Please keep in mind that these converted files will <font color=red>always</font color=red> be flaky. Word and Word Perfect work very differently from one another. Each program's methods have strengths and weaknesses, but if you try to use one of these programs as if it were the other, it is like pushing on a string! You can easily make a lot of extra work for yourself. <img src=/S/exclamation.gif border=0 alt=exclamation width=15 height=15> If you are unwilling to take the time to learn to use Word's methods, you should stick to using Word Pad. You'll have a lot less grief, although you'll miss out on a lot of raw power.

    See Word for Word Perfect Users (addbalance.com/word/wordperfect.htm)
    Word Perfect compared to Word (mvps.org/word/FAQs/)
    Tips and Gotchas (mvps.org/word/FAQs/)
    Does Word Have Reveal Codes? (mvps.org/word/FAQs/)
    Word Perfect to Word Converters and Why None of Them Are Perfect
    Converting Documents from Word Perfect to Word
    for information on Word for Word Perfect users.

    For more:
    How to Create a Template (Part 1) (mvps.org/word/FAQs/)
    How to Create a Template (Part 2) - download the Word version which includes a template built the way the tutorial describes. It is a work of art. (mvps.org/word/FAQs/)
    Word's Numbering Explained by John McGhie (mvps.org/word/FAQs/)
    Understanding Styles (addbalance.com/usersguide/styles.htm)


    In Word 2000 or later you can get the function keys to display in a special toolbar at the bottom of the screen if you want (something like pressing F3 twice in WP). The following macro will do this.

    Sub ShowMeFunctionKeys()
    Commandbars("Function Key Display").Visible = True
    End Sub


    Learn about Styles - really learn! I resisted for years and now regret every day of those years because although that string was still very hard to push, it kept getting longer and longer, and had some very important projects tied to it! Once you understand styles and the Word concept of organizing things into Chinese boxes everything falls into place and instead of pushing a string, you can push a button that turns on the very powerful text processing machine known as Microsoft Word and it will start doing your work for you instead of running around behind you trying to undo what you just thought you did.

    So much for my rant. <img src=/S/hushmouth.gif border=0 alt=hushmouth width=16 height=16>

    Finally, in WP a lot of people use macros to hold chunks of text - boilerplate. In Word this function is filled with AutoText and AutoCorrect, not macros. Follow the links at Word Web Resources - AutoText for more information on these tools.
    It's a lot of reading, I know. It's OK to chunk it down and do a bit each day, but I would recommend that you make it a top priority to do that bit each day.

    My recommendation is to take all of these files and save them as .txt files. Then import those. If the old files are needed for historical reference, protect them for forms (without any form fields) using a password and lose the password. That way someone can look at them and print them but not copy any time bombs into new documents.

    Bottom line:Take the text from the old documents and incorporate it into new templates, formatted using styles properly and containing alternative language in the form of AutoText entries in the templates.

    ... and no, they will not be happy campers.
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
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    Re: Conversion of Worperfect to MS Word (Word 2000)

    Thanks for your help. It is very informative reading.

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    Re: Conversion of Worperfect to MS Word (Word 2000)

    Thanks for your help, It is very informative reading.

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