Opening Works Documents in Word

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 15, 2015)

Dan is using Word 2010 and he has a lot of old documents that were created in Microsoft Works. He wonders if there is a way to open Works documents in Word 2010.

Actually, many Word users who previously used Works come across this same question sooner or later. There are several things you can try to do the conversion. The first is to simply try opening the Works document in Word. Some versions of Word have the converter installed, by default, and opening Works files is a snap.

If you cannot open the Works documents in Word and you still have access to the system that has Works on it, just load the documents in Works and save them out in RTF format. Word can open RTF documents with absolutely no problems.

Of course, if you don't have access to Works and you can't load the Works documents directly into Word, you'll need to download and install your own converter. Microsoft makes one available that works with Word 2007; it is unclear whether it works with Word 2010 or not. You can find information on the converter here:

If you are using Word 2010, then you'll be interested in this discussion of the topic on the Microsoft Office site:

Also for Word 2010 users is a handy batch converter developed by Graham Mayor. It is great for those situations where you have many Works files and want to convert them to DOCX files, all at the same time. You can find complete details on the free utility here:

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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