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    Macintosh Word Legacy documents (WordXP)

    Some of our old documents were created using Word6 on Macintosh. When we try to edit them in Windows (WordXP), strange things start to happen including 'Find and replace doesn't work', 'Styles/formatting isn't reliable' etc...Is there a special way to convert legacy documents?

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    Re: Macintosh Word Legacy documents (WordXP)

    Can you copy everything from a Mac document into a new document created in Word 2002? Do the problems persist in the new document?

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    Re: Macintosh Word Legacy documents (WordXP)

    Yes. Attached is a copy of the document that was created in Word 6 on Macintosh. Pasting the text into a new document doesn't fix it.
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    Re: Macintosh Word Legacy documents (WordXP)

    Doesn't seem to be a Mac vs. Windows problem: The file looks equally messed up in MacWord2004, and can't be opened in MacWord 5.

    It looks like somehow the paragraph marks got messed up. Replacing ^13 with ^p should fix that. But if there were paragraph styles applied originally, they are lost and probably can't be recovered.

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    Re: Macintosh Word Legacy documents (WordXP)

    Thanks. Replacing ^13 with ^p has fixed the problem. What is the ^13?

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    Re: Macintosh Word Legacy documents (WordXP)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Klaus Linke on 16-Jun-05 05:58. )</P>^13 is the character (ASCII 13, vbCr) that Word uses for paragraph marks.

    But the character must have a pointer to the paragraph formatting (style ...) to act like a paragraph mark.
    That wasn't the case in your doc. Something like this can happen when you replace paragraph marks with ^13.

    Or the file was damaged somehow. Maybe a tool was used on it to convert it from Mac format to Windows format? The Word binary file format doesn't need such tools, and is damaged if you use such a tool.

    Another possibility: The file was damaged when sent as a mail attachment. Mail programs sometimes do weird stuff, and it's safer to zip Word docs up before you mail them. At least you'll get a message that the file was damaged (because Zip files have a check sum to detect the damage).

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