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    Draw 98 in 2000

    Our organization recently purchased several new computers with Office 2000. Many of our old documents contain Draw 98 drawings in them, which Word 2000 will print, but will not edit. Draw98 will not install without Office 97 installed first (needless to say, we don't want to do that!)

    Is Draw98 now an unsupported orphan, along with all of our documents that have Draw98 drawings in them? Or is there some sort of workaround or converter for them that I just haven't been able to find? If so, I hope it's at least as functional as Draw98 was! Draw98 made putting together quick drawings a snap.

    Any assistance appreciated.

    - AzDayton - mailto:daytoon@bigfoot.com

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    Re: Draw 98 in 2000

    MS Article <A target="_blank" HREF=http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q211/2/77.ASP>Q211277</A> includes these suggestions:

    Method 1: Convert the Object to Word Picture
    Convert the object to a Word picture. To do this, follow these steps:
    Select the object.
    On the Edit menu, click Microsoft Drawing Object, and then click Convert.
    Select Convert To and select Microsoft Word Picture in the Object Type list.
    Click OK.
    NOTE: When you turn on field codes (ALT+F9), the object will be replaced by an {EMBED Word.Document.8} field.

    Method 2: Unlink the Embed Field, and Edit Using the Picture Editor in Word
    The Microsoft Draw object is an embed field. Unlink the field, and then edit the object using the Picture Editor. To do this, follow these steps:
    Select the object.
    Press CTRL+SHIFT+F9 to unlink the field.
    Double-click the object.
    The object will open in Picture Editor in Word.

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    Re: Draw 98 in 2000 - Working Solution

    I tried both of those suggestions, and neither one worked. I don't know where Microsoft Draw comes from on your machine (possibly PhotoDraw or Publisher?), but it doesn't exist at all on any of our new ones. So whenever I tried to "Convert" the only option to convert TO was "Microsoft Draw 98 Drawing". Pretty useless.

    I did however find in MS Article Q181522 the information necessary to develop my own solution. What I did was go to one of our old machines with Office 97 & Draw 98 on it, and get copies of the required Office 97 DLLs. Then I went into the registry and found the necessary registry key, which I saved to a file (MS097DLL.reg). Then I performed the following steps:

    1. Copy MSO97.DLL to C:PROGRAM FILESMICROSOFT OFFICEOFFICE
    2. Copy MSO7ENU.DLL to C:PROGRAM FILESMICROSOFT OFFICEOFFICE
    3. Register the DLLs by double-clicking MSO97DLL.REG
    4. Install Draw98

    MSO97DLL.REG is a text file containing the following:
    --------[CUT HERE]--------
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftShared Toolsmso97.dll]
    "Path"="C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOfficemso97.dll"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftShared Toolsmso97.dllClients]
    "C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOfficeMSACCESS.EXE"=""
    "C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOfficeEXCEL.EXE"=""
    "C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOfficeWINWORD.EXE"=""
    "C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOfficeOSA.EXE"=""
    "C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOfficePOWERPNT.EXE"=""
    "C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOfficeMSDRAW8A.EXE"=""
    "C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOfficeOUTLOOK.EXE"=""
    --------[CUT HERE]--------

    Hopefully this will help anyone else in the same fix. I don't KNOW that both of the DLLs are required, or that this is the BEST key to use, but I do know that this works.

    - AzDayton

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