Using WordPerfect and Word

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Microsoft Word provides file format converters that enable Word to open documents that were created in older versions of WordPerfect. If your document was created in a version of WordPerfect that is later than 6.x, save it in an older WordPerfect format before you open it in Word.

 Note   Word does not provide a converter for saving a Word document as a WordPerfect file. However, you may be able to open your Word document directly in WordPerfect. For more information, consult your WordPerfect documentation.

To open a WordPerfect file, do the following:

  1. On the File menu, click Open.
  2. In the Files of type list, click either WordPerfect 5.x or WordPerfect 6.x.

ShowIf you don't see either of these options in the list

Install the file format converters as follows:

  1. Exit all programs.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • If you are using Microsoft Windows 2000, click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add or Remove Programs.
    • If you are using Microsoft Windows XP, click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. In the Currently installed programs list, click either Microsoft Office 2003 or Microsoft Office Word 2003 (depending on whether you installed Word as part of Office or as an individual program), and then click Change.

The Configuration Wizard opens.

  1. On the Maintenance Mode Options page, click Add or Remove Features, and then click Next.

If you installed Word as part of Office, then on the Custom Setup page, select the Choose advanced customization of applications check box, and then click Next.

  1. On the Advanced Customization page, click the plus sign (+) next to Office Shared Features.
  2. Click the plus sign (+) next to Converters and Filters, and then click the plus sign (+) next to Text Converters.
  3. Click the arrow next to either WordPerfect 5.x Converter or WordPerfect 6.x Converter, and then click Run from My Computer.

The file format converter is installed.

  1. In the File name box, enter the name of the file that you want, and then click Open.

Converting from WordPerfect 5.0, 5.1, and 5.2

You can use the WordPerfect 5.x converter to open WordPerfect 5.x documents in Office Word 2003. You cannot save an Office Word 2003 document in WordPerfect 5.x format.

 Note   When you convert a document from WordPerfect 5.x to Office Word 2003, you can use the Font Substitution button on the Compatibility tab of the Options dialog box to choose the fonts to use.

ShowSupported features when converting from WordPerfect 5.x to Office Word 2003

ShowCharacter formatting

All caps

Not supported.

Hidden

Not supported.

Strikethrough

Supported. WordPerfect strikeout becomes strikethrough formatting in Word. WordPerfect redlining becomes tracked changes (tracked change: A mark that shows where a deletion, insertion, or other editing change has been made in a document.) in Word.

Underlining

Supported. Underlining format is preserved, but the type of underlining may be changed.

Spacing (condensed, expanded)

Not supported.

Kerning

Supported.

ShowParagraph formatting

Alignment

Supported.

First-line indents

Supported.

Page break before

Not supported.

Space before/after paragraphs

Not supported.

Tab leaders

Supported. The dot, minus sign, and underscore tab leaders convert to the same in Word. All other WordPerfect tab leaders convert to dot leaders in Word.

Leading/baselines, lines/baselines

Not supported.

[Center]/[Flsh Rgt] codes

Supported. Center and Flush Right codes convert to center-aligned and right-aligned tab stops.

Widow control

Supported.

ShowSection formatting

Margins

Supported. Word margins are measured from the paper's edge to the body text; WordPerfect margins are measured from the edge to the header. The conversion adjusts the margins as needed to preserve the page layout. If you experience problems with margins (for example, if they are set outside the printable range in Word), click Page Setup (File menu), click the Margins tab, select the options that you want, and then click OK. If margins need to be adjusted, Word prompts you to fix them.

Newspaper columns

Supported.

Parallel columns

Supported. Parallel columns convert to tables. If a parallel column layout contains a page-anchored box, the entire parallel column layout converts to newspaper columns.

ShowTables

Tables

Supported. Vertical merging of cells is not converted.

Table formulas/math

Not supported.

Decimal table cell alignment

Supported. Decimal table cell alignment is converted to right paragraph alignment.

ShowDocument formatting

Default tab stops

Supported.

Footnotes

Supported.

Gutter margins, paper size

Supported.

ShowOther features

Comments

Not supported.

Outlining/paragraph numbers/Office Word 2003 lists

Supported. WordPerfect paragraph numbers convert to Word sequence fields by default.

Print merge commands

Supported. Word automatically converts WordPerfect secondary files to Word data source document format. Conditional print merge constructs and macros are lost when converting to Word.

Date/time stamps

Supported. Default formats only.

Subdocuments (INCLUDE field)

Supported.

Equations

Not supported.

Extended characters

Supported. Not all extended characters are converted.

Text boxes/lines

Supported. Some text boxes and lines convert to Word drawing layer objects. Drawing layer objects are visible only in print layout view (Print Layout view: A view of a document or other object as it will appear when you print it. For example, items such as headers, footnotes, columns, and text boxes appear in their actual positions.), in print preview (print preview: A view of a document as it will appear when you print it.), and when printed. Drawing layer objects do not appear in normal view (normal view: A view that shows text formatting and a simplified page layout. Normal view is convenient for most editing and formatting tasks.).

Line draw

Supported. WordPerfect line draw characters are converted; however, the Word line spacing causes gaps to appear between the line draw characters on successive lines. To correct this problem for printing, set the line spacing to the exact current font size in points. Click Paragraph on the Format menu to change the line spacing.

Macros

Not supported.

PRIVATE field codes

Supported. PRIVATE fields are inserted by the converter to preserve the information that is needed to accurately save the file back to WordPerfect format. These fields should not be edited and have no effect on the document.

Styles

Supported. Styles that contain paragraph formatting codes convert to paragraph styles. WordPerfect styles that contain only character formatting convert to character styles in Word. Text that is contained in a style is converted as normal text.

Other features, such as tables and graphics, are retained in documents but are not given Word styles.

Converting from WordPerfect 6.x for Windows or DOS

You can use the WordPerfect 6.x converter to open WordPerfect 6.x documents in Office Word 2003. You cannot save an Office Word 2003 document in WordPerfect 6.x format.

 Note   If you are having trouble with the layout of a document that you are converting from WordPerfect 6.x to Office Word 2003, try the following: Reopen the document in WordPerfect 6.x, press CTRL+END or scroll to the end of the document, and save the document again in WordPerfect 6.x format before opening it in Office Word 2003.

ShowSupported features when converting from WordPerfect 6.x to Office Word 2003

ShowCharacter formatting

Strikeout and redlining

Supported. Strikeout becomes strikethrough formatting in Word; redlining becomes tracked changes (tracked change: A mark that shows where a deletion, insertion, or other editing change has been made in a document.) in Word.

Kerning

Supported.

Word and letter spacing

Not supported.

Hidden text

Supported.

ShowParagraph formatting

[Center]/[Flsh Rgt] codes

Supported. Center and Flush Right codes convert to center-aligned and right-aligned tabs.

Back tabs

Supported. Back tabs that are preceded by text are not converted.

Default tabs

Supported. Trailing default tabs at the ends of lines are not converted.

Tab leaders

Supported. Dot, minus sign, and underscore tab leaders are converted to the same tab leaders in Word. All other tab leaders become dot leaders in Word.

Keep Text Together properties

Supported.

Leading adjustment between lines/baselines

Not supported.

Paragraph margins

Supported. Paragraph margins are converted to left and right paragraph indents in Word.

Spacing between paragraphs

Supported. Spacing between paragraphs becomes the Spacing After paragraph format in Word.

Styles

Supported. Styles that contain paragraph formatting codes convert to paragraph styles. WordPerfect styles that contain only character formatting convert to character styles in Word. Text that is contained in a style is converted as normal text.

ShowSection formatting

Margins

Supported. WordPerfect margins are measured from the top and bottom edge of the page to the top of the header and bottom of the footer, respectively. Word margins are measured from the paper's edge to the body text. The conversion adjusts the margins to preserve the page layout. If the margins do not convert correctly, click Page Setup on the File menu, click the Margins tab, select the options that you want, and then click OK.

Parallel columns

Supported. Parallel columns convert to tables.

ShowTables

Table vertical cell merge and cell alignment

Supported.

ShowDocument settings

Footnotes

Supported. Custom footnote marks are converted to automatically numbered marks. If the numbering format of the notes is changed in a document, the notes that are numbered with the new format are converted as custom notes.

ShowOther features

Comments

Supported. Word does not retain comments in headers, footers, footnotes, and endnotes.

Outlining/paragraph numbers/counters

Supported. All are converted to numbers in Word.

Master documents and subdocuments

Supported.

Equations

Supported. Equations are converted as editable equation objects. Equation fields are not converted.

Text boxes/lines

Supported. Some text boxes and lines convert to Word drawing layer objects. Drawing layer objects are visible only in print layout view (Print Layout view: A view of a document or other object as it will appear when you print it. For example, items such as headers, footnotes, columns, and text boxes appear in their actual positions.), print preview (print preview: A view of a document as it will appear when you print it.), and when printed.

Graphics boxes that are anchored to a page or paragraph, have wrap-around text, and are located in tables, parallel columns, or headers/footers are converted to boxes with wrap through in Word. In most cases, these boxes become drawing layer objects in Word.

Graphics lines become solid lines. Text that is tight-wrapped around a graphic becomes square-wrapped.

Macros

Not supported.

Advance

Supported. Advance codes are converted to ADVANCE fields in Word. Advance codes that move the text upward on a page cannot be fully emulated in Word.

Bookmarks

Supported.

Borders and fill (for column and page)

Not supported.

Captions

Not supported.

Chapter and volume numbers

Not supported.

Cross-references and hypertext links

Not supported. They are retained as plain text in Word.

Drop caps

Not supported.

Indexes and lists

Not supported. Indexes and lists are retained as plain text in Word.

Insert Filename

Supported.

Labels and bar codes

Not supported. Text of labels is retained in Word.

Line numbers

Not supported.

Merge codes

Not supported. Merge constructs and macros are lost when converting to Word.

Page features (center page, page binding, and subdivide pages)

Supported. Center page and page binding are supported.

Watermarks

Supported.

WordPerfect characters

Supported. If the WordPerfect fonts that contain the characters are available on the system, all the characters are converted. If one or more of these fonts are not available, some characters may not be converted.

Tools and Tips

ShowWordPerfect Help and navigation keys

WordPerfect Help

You can use the WordPerfect Help feature to receive instructions or demonstrations for Word procedures when you press the equivalent WordPerfect keyboard shortcut. For example, to learn more about printing in Word, press SHIFT+F7.

WordPerfect navigation keys

You can use the WordPerfect Navigation feature in Word to change the function of certain keys to WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS equivalents. For example, to position the insertion point to the left side of the screen, press HOME+LEFT ARROW.

ShowTurn on or off WordPerfect Help or navigation keys

  1. On the Help menu, click WordPerfect Help.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Select the options that you want.

ShowWordPerfect keyboard shortcut equivalents

To print this topic, press CTRL+P.

WordPerfect command WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS keyboard shortcut Microsoft Word keyboard shortcut
Align Center SHIFT+F6, SHIFT+F8, 1, 3, 2 CTRL+E to center text in a paragraph
Bold F6,
CTRL+F8, 2, 1
CTRL+B
Font CTRL+F8 CTRL+D
Block ALT+F4 SHIFT+ arrow key
Comment CTRL+F5, 4, 2 ALT+CTRL+M
Date Code SHIFT+F5, 2 ALT+SHIFT+D
Reveal Codes ALT+F3 SHIFT+F1, click
Delete Word CTRL+BACKSPACE

CTRL+BACKSPACE

CTRL+DELETE

Delete to End of Line CTRL+END SHIFT+END, DELETE
Delete to End of Page CTRL+PAGE DOWN SHIFT+DOWN ARROW (to end of page), DELETE
Delete to Left Word Boundary HOME+BACKSPACE CTRL+BACKSPACE
Delete to Right Word Boundary HOME+DELETE CTRL+DELETE
Delete Block ALT+F4+DELETE F8, arrow key, DELETE
Double Underline CTRL+F8, 2, 3 CTRL+SHIFT+D
Endnote CTRL+F7, 2, 1 ALT+CTRL+D
Exit F7 ALT+F4
Flush Right ALT+F6

Right TAB to right align text on a single line

CTRL+R to right align text in a paragraph

Footnote CTRL+F7, 1, 1 ALT+CTRL+F
Help F3 F1
Indent F4 CTRL+M
Italic CTRL+F8, 2, 4 CTRL+I
Justify Center SHIFT+F8, 1, 3, 2 CTRL+E
Justify Full SHIFT+F8, 1, 3, 4 CTRL+J
Justify Left SHIFT+F8, 1, 3, 1 CTRL+L
Justify Right SHIFT+F8, 1, 3, 3 CTRL+R
Margin Release SHIFT+TAB CTRL+T (hanging indent)
Mark Index Entry ALT+F5, 3 ALT+SHIFT+X
Mark Table of Authorities Entry ALT+F5, 4 ALT+SHIFT+I
Mark Table of Contents Entry ALT+F5, 5, 1 ALT+SHIFT+O
Print SHIFT+F7 CTRL+P
Replace ALT+F2 CTRL+H
Retrieve File SHIFT+F10 CTRL+O (Open command)
Save F10 CTRL+S
Save As CTRL+F5, 3 F12
Search (backward) SHIFT+F2 CTRL+F
Search (forward) F2 CTRL+F
Small Caps CTRL+F8, 2, 7 CTRL+SHIFT+K
Spell CTRL+F2 F7
Subscript CTRL+F8, 1, 2 CTRL+EQUAL SIGN
Superscript CTRL+F8, 1, 1 CTRL+SHIFT+PLUS SIGN
Switch Document SHIFT+F3 CTRL+F6
Thesaurus ALT+F1 SHIFT+F7
Underline F8,
CTRL+F8, 2, 2
CTRL+U
Undo F1 CTRL+Z
View Document SHIFT+F7, 6 CTRL+F2 (Print Preview command)

ShowTips for finding or using WordPerfect features in Word

Block text

The equivalent of blocking text in WordPerfect is selecting text in Word. If you prefer to be prompted before deleting, use the WordPerfect navigation keys.

Protect blocks of text

To control how the text flows or stays together in Word, use the commands on the Line and Page Breaks tab of the Paragraph dialog box (Format menu, Paragraph command).

Customize how Word handles converted documents

You can customize how Word handles converted documents by using the options on the Compatibility tab of the Options dialog box (Tools menu, Options command).

Convert specialized WordPerfect fonts

The Microsoft Office 97 Resource Kit includes specialized fonts to improve the conversion of characters — such as graphics that were created with line draw or equations — so that they appear and print more smoothly in Microsoft Word.

Generate tables of contents, indexes, and tables of authorities

Click where you want to insert these items, and then use the Index and Tables command (point to Reference on the Insert menu).

Use legal features

Word provides features that might be helpful for legal documents. Two examples are the Pleading Wizard and support of automatic numbering in paragraph text.

For more information about legal features, search on the keyword legal in Word Help.

Use graphics features similar to line draw

Word can convert text-based line draw characters from WordPerfect to a TrueType Linedraw font in a Word document. Word also provides rich graphics features, including 3-D shapes, page borders, document backgrounds, textured fills, and graphical text.

Use formulas and math

You can work with formulas in tables by clicking in a table and then using the Formula command (Table menu).

You can create equations by using the Field command (Insert menu) or by using Equation Editor (Insert menu, Object command, Microsoft Equation 3.0).

Create various types of indents (similar to using the F4 command)

In Word, you can create indents in which all lines in a paragraph are indented to the right or to the left. You can also create indents in which the first line is indented more or less than the lines below it. For more information, search on the keyword indenting in Word Help.

Create form letters or use merge codes

Open the Mail Merge task pane (Tools menu, Letters and Mailings command, Mail Merge) to create form letters, mailing labels, and envelopes by using information that you supply or create. Your data can come from WordPerfect, Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Outlook Personal Address Books, and other sources, as well as tab-delimited text, and you can use conditional queries to merge the data.

Insert charts

You can use Microsoft Graph or Microsoft Excel to insert charts. You can use chart data from a Word table, a datasheet in Microsoft Graph, or a worksheet in Microsoft Excel.

Redline text

You can select the Strikethrough check box in the Font dialog box (Format menu, Font command, Font tab) to apply a similar effect to selected text. Several other text effects, such as shadow, emboss, engrave, and animated text, are also available in this dialog box.

 
 
Applies to:
Word 2003