WPS Files

Dear Computer Lady,

Several friends send attachments in the .wps format which I cannot open. I have been unable to find a free and simple “translator” program. Is there one?

Thank you for your informative emails and website



Dear Al,

Files that end in .wps were created in Microsoft Works. I am not aware of any free Works reader programs, but if you have Microsoft Word on your computer, you can download a free converter from Microsoft that will allow your Word program to open Works files. There are several converters to choose from here: http://www.microsoft.com/products/works/downloads.mspx

If you don’t have Word, you have a couple of choices.

You could ask your friends to save their files in Rich Text Format before sending them to you. That way you can open their files in WordPad which comes free with every Windows computer. Here is how they could do that:

1. Open the document in Works. 2. Click on “File” and then “Save As”. 3. In the Save As dialog Box, click the drop down list next to “Save As Type” and click on, “Rich Text Format (RTF). 4. Click the “Save” button.

Now your friends can send the .rtf version of their file, and everyone will be able to open them.

Your other solution is not a free one, but not very costly either. You can purchase and install Works. I found it for sale at Amazon. com for less than 40 dollars.


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