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    File Conversion (Word 2002)

    Does anyone know of a good site to get information on conversion issues from WordPerfect (versions 7, 8 and 9) and Word (versions 95, 97, and 2000) to Word XP?

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    Re: File Conversion (Word 2002)

    I don't, but these popped up in a web search:

    Migrating from WordPerfect to Word (at Keylogix, proprietors of ActiveDocs)
    Word for Word Pefect Users (on Charles Kenyon's site)
    Converting Documents to and from Word and WordPerfect (by Daryl Teshima)
    Word Conversion Resource Center (at Microsoft.com)

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    Re: File Conversion (Word 2002)

    <img src=/S/sorry.gif border=0 alt=sorry width=15 height=15>This article by a former MS support guy has some information on why there isn't a good converter for WP formats.

    For previous Word formats, there aren't many conversion issues.

    One thing to look out for are the compatibility settings ("Tools > Options > Compatibility"). Word will set quite a few of them if you open old Word files, to keep as much of the original layout and behaviour as possible.
    But I'd set them to the XP preferred settings if you don't want to move them back to the old format later, and don't mind a bit of difference in paragraph spacing...

    The old settings can be problematic, since the old documents will behave a bit different than new documents (even if the page layout, styles, ... are exactly the same).
    And the old compatibility settings can reintroduce old bugs (like the footnote bugs) that have been fixed in the new version.

    <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> Klaus

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    Re: File Conversion (Word 2002)

    Be very leary about converting WP documents to Word. Do not let either WP or Word convert the documents. The best way we have found (through the school of hard knocks, called Corruption University) is to select all the text in the WP document, copy, and then PASTE: Special, unformatted text. You will then have to apply your styles to the text. This can seem like a daunting task, however, you will have solid documents. If you let WP or Word do the converting, you WILL have corrupted documents.

    You will have to get it through to your trainers that Word can not be used like WP was. Make the use of styles mandatory, do not allow direct paragraph formatting, and do not convert documents. I say this after 2 years into our transition. People are just now beginning to see the benefits of using styles. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16> And the words, 'I told you so' are almost out of my vocabulary. <img src=/S/brickwall.gif border=0 alt=brickwall width=25 height=15>

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