View Full Version : MS Works -- compatible with MS Word?

02-07-2006, 12:49 PM
Does anyone know if documents made using MS Works word processor can be
read by MS Word, and vice versa?


02-07-2006, 01:35 PM
Word can read Works docs. Visa versa I'm not sure, but other free applications definitly can, eg Open Office and Word Reader.

02-07-2006, 01:45 PM
Word can read Works docs.

Not always, it's version dependent.

MS have a free converter though

Often MS Works files are a pain in the butt, have no idea why they use such a proprietary format.

02-07-2006, 01:47 PM
Answer yes.
Look in word help.
Type in converting & it will most likely be the at the top of the list.

02-07-2006, 02:06 PM
Answer yes.
Look in word help.
Type in converting & it will most likely be the at the top of the list.

Sorry, but it's not always a blanket "yes" answer, it depends entirely on the Works and Word versions, which we don't know at this stage.

Hence the free converter supplied for those cases where it is not compatable.

"The Works 6.0 Converter converts word processor documents created in Microsoft Works 6.0 to Microsoft Word and other versions of Works. Specifically, this converter works with Works 2000, 4.5, and 4.x, and Word 2002, 2000, and 97 on machines running Microsoft Windows® 98, 2000 Professional, Millennium Edition, and XP."

Graham L
02-07-2006, 02:13 PM
We need a new word which means "definitely maybe" for such compatibility questions. :thumbs:

02-07-2006, 05:15 PM
Fair comment

Billy T
02-07-2006, 09:17 PM
Works gives you the option to save its files as either Word or RTF files, plus a few other options besides. I have an archive of old WPS and WKS files that I need to resurrect from time to time and all I have to do is open the file in Works and save it as the file type I need (*.doc or *.xls). Works is a relatively low-overhead installation, so I just keep a copy on my computer for times when I need to access an archived file.

Of course if you don't have a copy of Works available, then that's a different matter.


Billy 8-{)