Convert Works File to Word

Dear Computer Lady,

Years ago I used a recipe template in Microsoft Works to load
recipes to keep as a cookbook. Now years later and with computers that have Word and not Works, is it possible to transfer this file from Works to Word even if they were done on a Works Template.

Your help is appreciated, Larry

Dear Larry,

I don’t have any Works files hand to experiment with, but I did find some directions on Microsoft’s website that should help you. Here are the directions from Microsoft:

Convert Works documents to Word format

By using a file format converter in Microsoft Word, you can open documents that were created in Microsoft Works. After you open the document, you can save it in Word format.

  1. On the File menu, click Open.
  2. In the Files of type list, click Works 6.0 & 7.0.
  3. If you don’t see this option in the list
  4. In the File name box, enter the name of the file that you want to convert, and then click Open.
  5. On the File menu, click Save As.
  6. In the Save As dialog box, make any changes that you want in the File name box, click the file format that you want in the Save as type list, and then click Save.

Hopefully, this will help you convert your recipe book into Word Format.


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    • cindym
    • September 8, 2012

    “save as” always worked for me. I usually had to correct spacing and some other things, but that was minor compared to not having the file at all.

    • sj_kac
    • September 8, 2012

    If Larry has the Works installation disc from his old computer, even if it is the old 32 bit version, he can install it on his new Windows 7 computer and it runs fine. Word tries to be all things to all people and is to much for the little typing I do. Works does everything I need and is clean and simple.

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