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Converting a Microsoft Works Report to Word Format

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  1. referee07

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    I have created a report (spreadsheet) in Microsoft Works and Emailed it to a friend but he can't open it. He suggested that I convert the report/spreadsheet into Microsoft Word "format." Is this possible? Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Anne Troy

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    Try File-->Save as. What are the options there? A spreadsheet would be Excel, not Word. You could try saving as CSV.
     
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    Anne Troy, thanks for the reply. It looks like a spreadsheet but Works calls it a Report. I tried converting it to Word using Control Panel>Word>Change etc. but came out with a lot of symbols. I really don't want to mess around and lose this data; it took me a considerable amount of time to compile it. What is "CSV?"
     
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    Copy the file before you work on it. Why are you going into the Control Panel? Simply open the file in Works. Hit File-->Save as and see what the options are. CSV is comma-separated values (plain text).
     
  5. referee07

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    I went to Control Panel after reading a Microsoft Help page on how to convert Works files to Word files. I was able to create a CSV file from Works but all of the columns are gone and it is nearly impossible to read the report. Is there a way to convert what I have in this report to one with columns?
     
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    Did you try File-->Save as??? What other options do you have?

    :)
     
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    Not certain, but can "openoffice" access Works documents? Could the recipient use openoffice to retrieve and save the info? I found openoffice - which is free as you know - very easy to use.
    hope this helps?

    Richard
     
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    1002richards, he doesn't have Openoffice (although I do) and I'm not sure what other options that I have. I download Microsoft's Works to Word Converter with no success in converting the file. Does anyone else have any other ideas?
     
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    i had this problem with works when i first bought my computer....it's the cheapo version that is not compatiable with either word or excel....i googled "works to word"....MS (at the time) had a conversion program that would allow a works word processing progam to open in word, and its spread sheet to open in excel......but you weren't able to edit either....viewing function only.
     
  10. referee07

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    iltos, I tried downloading this program but still couldn't open the report in Word.
     
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    If you are sending information that you want him to be able to read (but he doesn't have to edit/change anything) you could use a program like "pdfCreator".

    "pdfCreator" (or other program/routines like them) install on your computer and become available as an alternative "PRINTER". What I mean is, that if you now tell M$Works to print your document; and when the print dialogue pops up, choose pdfCreator as your printer-- you will actually be given an opportunity to save it as a pdf of your original file. It can then be emailed and viewed (but not handily edited/changed) by your friend.

    The program can be downloaded here:
    http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=57796

    This does not solve your problem of converting it to M$Word-- but does make your file readable in Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader. I use this all the time to send information which I don't want edited/changed. (And it is extremely easy to use-- play with it a couple times and you will be a pro).

    letchworth
     
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    referee07,
    Would your friend be OK with downloading & installing 'openoffice'? This would complement letchworth's suggestion in that in the future you & your friend could collaborate on documents of any type?
    Just a thought
    Richard
     
  14. iltos

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    thanks for posting this (y)
    been wondering if there was an easy way to create pdf docs....will give it a try :)
     
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