Opening Quattro Pro files in Excel

Applies to
Microsoft Excel 2000

You can work with files for other spreadsheet programs in Microsoft Excel, including Quattro Pro files. You can open and save Quattro Pro files from Quattro Pro/DOS (*.wq1) using a converter that is automatically installed by Excel. You can open files from Quattro Pro versions 1.0 through 5.0 for Windows® (*.wb1) using a converter you can install during a custom setup or after installation.

Install the Quattro Pro 5.0 converter

To install the converter for Quattro Pro versions 1.0 through 5.0 for Windows, do the following:

  1. Click Start on the Windows taskbar, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon.
  3. Click the name of the Microsoft Office 2000 or Microsoft Excel 2000 program that you have, and then click Add/Remove.
  4. Click Add or Remove Features, and locate the Quattro Pro 5.0 Converter under Microsoft Excel for Windows.
  5. Click Run From My Computer to install the converter to your hard disk.
  6. Click Update Now.

Open a Quattro Pro file

To open a Quattro Pro file in Excel, follow these steps:

  1. Click Open on the File menu.
  2. In the Look in list, click the drive or folder that contains the file you want to open, and then locate the folder that contains the file.
  3. In the Files of type list, click Quattro Pro 1.0/5.0 (Win) (*.wb1) if your files are from Quattro Pro for Windows versions 1.0 through 5.0, or click Quattro Pro/DOS Files (*.wq1). The former requires installation of the converter, as outlined above, before it appears in the list.
  4. Double-click the file you want to open.


  • You cannot save files in the Quattro Pro 1.0/5.0 (Win) (*.wb1) format. If you open one of these files and make changes to it, you can save changes by saving as a Microsoft Excel Workbook (*.xls) or in another spreadsheet format.
  • You can save changes in the Quattro Pro/DOS format, but changes made using features that are unique to Excel may be lost.

More information

For more information about opening Quattro Pro files in Excel, type Open Quattro Pro file in the Office Assistant or on the Answer Wizard tab in the Excel Help window, and then click Search.