Other Programs

When including data from another program in a Word document, you can decide how you want the information linked, embedded, or otherwise presented. Word also has capabilities to open and convert files from other programs. The following articles explain everything Word has to offer for compatibility with other programs.

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The following articles are available for the 'Other Programs' topic. Click the article''s title (shown in bold) to see the associated article.

   Changing Many Link Locations
Word makes it easy to establish links between documents. If you need to change the locations for a lot of links at once, you can apply the technique outlined in this tip.

   Converting Automatic Numbering to Manual Numbering
The automatic numbering that Word lets you apply to paragraphs in your document can create some great looking content, but it can play havoc with your file if you import it into another program. Here's how to get rid of the automatic numbering, but still retain the numbers.

   Converting from Open Office to Word
If you have a number of documents in Open Office format, you may want to work with them in Word. There are several ways that you can open them, as described in this tip.

   Dates Updating when Converting
Word allows you to convert documents from WordPerfect format to Word. In doing so, you may notice that some dates in the original documents are updated. This tip discusses some possible causes and what you can do about it.

   Embedding an Excel Chart in a Word Document
Word and Excel usually work pretty well together. This means that you can easily paste charts from Excel into your Word documents. Here's how to go about doing the pasting.

   Embedding an Excel Worksheet
Word and Excel are both integral parts of Microsoft's Office suite of applications. As such, Word allows you to embed worksheet information directly in your documents. Here's how.

   Hyperlinking to a Specific Excel Worksheet
Creating a hyperlink to an Excel workbook is easy. With the information in this tip you can discover how to hone that hyperlink so that it goes right to the place you need in the workbook.

   Linking to Slides in PowerPoint
If you are preparing a document that references a presentation you created in PowerPoint, you may want to reference in the document certain slides from the presentation. You can easily create links to the slides by following the steps in this tip.

   Maintaining Leading Zeroes
When merging ZIP Codes from a data source such as Excel, you might find that Word ends up dropping out leading zeroes in the ZIP Codes. Here's how you can make sure that those digits are not dropped.

   Merging Only a Date from Access
When you are merging data from an Access database, you may get more information than you want, especially when it comes to times and dates. There are two potential solutions to this problem, both of which are detailed in this tip.

   Opening Works Documents in Word
When you change the word processing software you are using, you often need to worry about converting your old documents to something that Word can work with. If you previously used Works, here are some ideas for using your documents with Word.

   Transposing Table Contents
When you transpose information, it is essentially "rotated" in a direction. If you transpose the information in a table, then the rows become columns and the columns become rows. This cannot be done directly in Word, but you can accomplish it if you work in conjunction with Excel.

   Unlinking an Excel Chart Automatically
When Excel charts are linked in a Word document, they update every time the document is opened. Here's how to unlink the chart and prevent automatic updating.

   Working with Document Links
Word makes it easy to establish links between documents. Here's how to change and manage those links easily.

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