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    sgerber
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    Wordstar converter

    I need to convert some old (okay, ancient) Wordstar files for use with Word 2000. I've downloaded and installed the converter pack from the Microsoft site, but, well...the Wordstar converter doesn't seem to work. One way or another, it chokes on every file I try to open in Word. Either I get only a few paragraphs of the file or nothing at all -- a blank document.

    Does anyone have any insights into this problem?

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    Re: Wordstar converter

    Try using the Plain Text option and run macros to "clean up" the Wordstar formatting commands.

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    Re: Wordstar converter

    I haven't used WordStar since version 3.3 for DOS. I vaguely recall that WordStar would represent the end of a line by adding 128 (I think) to the character. When I started using WordPerfect, I had some kind of macro that would find any character whose ASCII value was higher than 128 and subtract 128 from it. That yielded a pretty clean document. Word's VBA could do that as well, although the process of slogging through each document would be a bit time-consuming.

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