Importing from Microsoft Works on Userful Desktop™

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How to import from Microsoft Works on Userful Desktop

Recent versions of Microsoft Works (Works 2001, 2002, 2003, etc.) include Microsoft Word. By default, Word writes to the supported format (.doc). Older versions write by default to wps, which is Microsoft's proprietary, obscure, and poorly supported format. Even Microsoft's own Office Suite won't import .wps files without first downloading and installing a special converter.

To import legacy Works files (.wps versions 3.x --> 6.x) on DiscoverStation first use Microsoft Works to save them in the widely supported Rich Text Format (.rtf) which is supported even in old versions of Works.

If you have access to Word 2000 or 97, you can also install the appropriate Works converter and then save to .doc or export to .rtf.

Works 2000 Converter for Word 97/2000 Users

The Works 2000 converter allows you to open a Works 2000 .wps file in Word and to save a Word document as a Works 2000 .wps file.
Works 2000 Converter for Word 97/2000 Users

Works Converter for Import/Export of Works Word Processor (.wps) Documents

In order to open a word processor document (.wps) created in Microsoft Works 4.x in Microsoft Works 2000, Microsoft Word 2000, or Microsoft Word 97, or a word processor document created in Works 2000, Word 2000, or Word 97 in Microsoft Works 4.x, you need to download and install the Wp2krtf.exe text converter.
Works Converter for Import/Export of Works Word Processor (.wps) Documents (Wp2krtf.exe)

Microsoft Office 2000 Resource Kit for Earlier Versions

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