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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 7:14 am    Post subject: Opening a Microsoft Works Document Reply with quote

Hi.... I was wondering if somebody could tell me how I can open an email attachment that was written with Microsoft Works (a program that I don't have). Thank you, Todd
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 9:35 am    Post subject: Re: Opening a Microsoft Works Document Reply with quote

Microsoft Works formats are hardly supported by anything else - Microsoft produce downloadable filters for Works 6 and 2000 Wordprocessor to work with MS Word, MS Word comes with filters for earlier versions of the format, and Excel supports the Works Spreadsheet 2.0 format but I can't think of anything else that opens them . Easiest thing is to send the file to someone you know who has Microsoft Works to save it in a format that you can read.

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Hi.... I was wondering if somebody could tell me how I can open an email attachment that was written with Microsoft Works (a program that I don't have). Thank you, Todd
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This site has links to free converters for converting Works to Word format, which you could then open in OOo: http://bizgrok.com/help/msproducts/

Standard disclaimer Wink: I just found it by searching the net, I've never visited before, but the links appear to take you to the official Microsoft site, so it all looks ok to use.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are the downloads that I was referring to - funnypapa will only be able to use them if he has a version of MS Word available to install.

8daysaweek.co.uk wrote:
This site has links to free converters for converting Works to Word format, which you could then open in OOo: http://bizgrok.com/help/msproducts/

Standard disclaimer Wink: I just found it by searching the net, I've never visited before, but the links appear to take you to the official Microsoft site, so it all looks ok to use.

HTH Smile,
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 1:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Opening a Microsoft Works Document Reply with quote

Yes, just giving some easy links (as Word does seem to be ubiquitous).

Michael A. Kearsley wrote:
I can't think of anything else that opens them
...except SO7 (if they are the right Works format):
http://www.oooforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=247&start=30
http://www.oooforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4683

But SO7 does cost money Sad

If you don't have Word then as Michael said:
Michael A. Kearsley wrote:
Easiest thing is to send the file to someone you know who has Microsoft Works to save it in a format that you can read.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ability Office apparently does:
http://www.ability.com/

Actually if I recall correctly I think Lotus Smartsuite '97 included some filters for Works files, QuickView Plus 5.2 does - StarOffice 5.2 included some Works filters, but again it all depends on what version the file is (it's only up to version 4.0 I think), especially now that Microsoft Word is included as part of some versions of Microsoft Works so at least as far as the Works Wordprocessor goes far fewer people will be using it.

StarOffice 5.2 is still available for download from some sites (not from Sun Microsystems anymore):
http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/bilkent/services/admin/bcc/staroffice/dnload.htm

I haven't tried the links on the site (it is split into 10 seperate files) - I still have Linux and Windows copies of StarOffice 5.2 on a CD-ROM that I got with PC Plus about 4 years ago.
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