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    ancient history

    I have a file that I *think* is in IBM DisplayWrite 4 format. Can I get Word 97 to read this file?
    At the moment it opens as a bunch of symbols and does not appear to contain any recocnisable text.

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    Re: ancient history

    For lack of an import filter (not sure there is one for that format), next time you open this document, change the file type to Recover Text From Any File (*.*). I tried this on some old OFISLink files earlier this year. It's by no means perfect, but you can see the text.
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    Re: ancient history

    Thanks for the suggestion but no joy.

    I think I'll have to try grave robbing (we have a large store of ancient kit on site!) and see if I can resurrect something like a 286 with DisplayWrite installed. Sad to say I can remember the days when that was considered by some to be cutting edge technology.

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    Re: ancient history

    Hi there!
    Not familiar with Display Write but the following may be worth a shot (it has worked for me with other non-Word extensions):
    Make a copy of the file. Go to Explorer, copy the file, paste, rename it with a ".doc" extension & (still in Explorer) click on the file to open.
    Patricia

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    Re: ancient history

    Thanks also but the file already has a .doc extension.

    I made the original post to find out if anybody knew of a direct method of conversion. I know it is possible to transfer DW4 to Word but it first requires the DW4 file to be exported in RFT-DCA format. Word then reads and converts this file type. I was trying to avoid the hassle of finding/setting up a PC with DW4.

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    Re: ancient history

    Have you tried to view the file with Quick View Plus? There are quite a few formats that they can view.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: ancient history

    I'd like to be able to do more than just view, i.e. actually edit the file - don't ask why I want to work on a document that is so ancient it's fossilised!

    Presumably though, once I can see inside the beast I can copy and paste to Word. Pardon my ignorance but where do I get hold of Quick View Plus?

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    Re: ancient history

    Have you tried any of the commercial conversion programs? I'm unable to remember the one we've used but it was big on the Mac platform. I expect I'll remember sometime today and will post it when I do.
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    Re: ancient history

    Hmm, commercial, that means spending money. I'm afraid that's out of the question! Think that can be the final word on this thread.

    Thanks everyone.

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    Re: ancient history

    Quick View (not the plus version) comes free with Windows 98 (& 95). It may come with others. I don't know what o/s you have.

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    Re: ancient history

    I'm on NT4 and I have the standard version of Quick View, it doesn't read the offending file.

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    Re: ancient history

    Why don't you attach it in zip format to a post. I'll see if QVP will view & read it. Otherwise, it looks like you'll need a commercial product.

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    Re: ancient history

    Hey! Good idea, Phil. This worked for me as well once. When I opened the .zip it opened, by default I guess?? with Word although can't recall the file type although it may have been Lotus WP.
    Patricia

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    Re: ancient history

    Another valuable suggestion and I would have done so with my first post but for the fact my managers would shoot me if it were to leave the building, company confidential and all that.

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    Re: ancient history

    There's a posting on simtel.net which claims to convert DW4 to ASCII. It's at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.simtel.net/pub/pd/51408.shtml>http://www.simtel.net/pub/pd/51408.shtml</A>. Hope it helps.

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