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    Wordperfect to Word Conversion (Word 2000)

    Is there an easy way to convert wpd macros to word macros? Our office is moving from wpd 7 to Word 2000, there are numerous users who use macros. Will they have to create them again in word or can they be converted.


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    Re: Wordperfect to Word Conversion (Word 2000)

    There is no good way to do this. What you are talking about could be compared to taking a map of China, written in Russian and writing directions in Korean to completely create the map and then translating those instructions into English. I don't think I would trust the map that someone created using those English instructions.

    If the macros consist of boilerplate text (as many WP macros do) these should be reduced to text form in a WP or text document and then implemented in Word using AutoText and/or AutoCorrect.

    What follows is my standard rant about Word Perfect to Word conversions. Please take it as such and not anything triggered by your question.

    Word and Word Perfect work very differently from one another. Each program's methods have strengths and weaknesses, but if you try to use one of these programs as if it were the other, it is like pushing on a string! You can easily make a lot of extra work for yourself. <img src=/S/exclamation.gif border=0 alt=exclamation width=15 height=15> If you are unwilling to take the time to learn to use Word's methods, you should stick to using Word Pad. You'll have a lot less grief, although you'll miss out on a lot of raw power.

    See <A target="_blank" HREF=>Word for Word Perfect Users</A> (
    <A target="_blank" HREF=>Word Perfect compared to Word</A> (
    <A target="_blank" HREF=>Tips and Gotchas</A> (
    <A target="_blank" HREF=>Does Word Have Reveal Codes?</A> (
    <A target="_blank" HREF=>Word Perfect to Word Converters and Why None of Them Are Perfect</A>
    <A target="_blank" HREF=>Converting Documents from Word Perfect to Word</A>
    for information on Word for Word Perfect users.

    For more:
    <A target="_blank" HREF=>How to Create a Template (Part 1)</A> (
    <A target="_blank" HREF=>How to Create a Template (Part 2)</A> - download the Word version which includes a template built the way the tutorial describes. It is a work of art. (
    <A target="_blank" HREF=> Word's Numbering Explained by John McGhie</A> (
    <A target="_blank" HREF=>Understanding Styles</A> (

    In Word 2000 or later you can get the function keys to display in a special toolbar at the bottom of the screen if you want (something like pressing F3 twice in WP). The following macro will do this.

    Sub ShowMeFunctionKeys()
    Commandbars("Function Key Display").Visible = True
    End Sub

    Learn about <A target="_blank" HREF=> Styles</A> - really learn! I resisted for years and now regret every day of those years because although that string was still very hard to push, it kept getting longer and longer, and had some very important projects tied to it! Once you understand styles and the Word concept of organizing things into Chinese boxes everything falls into place and instead of pushing a string, you can push a button that turns on the very powerful text processing machine known as Microsoft Word and it will start doing your work for you instead of running around behind you trying to undo what you just thought you did.

    So much for my rant. <img src=/S/hushmouth.gif border=0 alt=hushmouth width=16 height=16>
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
    Madison, Wisconsin

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    Re: Wordperfect to Word Conversion (Word 2000)

    Let me echo Charles on this. (Rant on, Charles!) Don't think that you're going to save anybody any time by trying to convert anything like this from Word Perfect to Word. Just bite the bullet and recreate them in Word - you'll be saving time in the long run. Also, learn everything that you possibly can about the conversion problem and how to convert documents from Word Perfect to Word. Don't think that just because you can open a Word Perfect document in Word that you can then proceed to work away on it with no problem. Eventually, you'll have a corrupted document. This is not in any way a simple issue - don't be fooled about it. Check out www. for information on document conversion and a program called DocXTools. It's a tremendous tool to have if you have to convert lots of documents.

    Lee Morgan

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