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Microsoft Works Word processor

By jannas
May 4, 2007
  1. Um, sorry to bother you all with this but I need a bit of help with a works word file. The program does not want to open saying that it is in use, format not supported or its corrupt. I've tried re-installing works to no effect and I doubt its corrupt since I can see the text inside with a little space like a square between each character. Unfortunatly, its image heavy since its college work.

    I really need to get this open so I can print it and hand it in, any ideas?

    Jannas.
     
  2. jannas

    jannas TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Oh, and I'll send it to someone willingly if they could turn it or transfer all the stuff onto a Microsoft word documant or Openoffice. I'll be eternally grateful. :)
     
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Sometimes you can open a new document, then import the defective document and edit it there. Or save it to another format, then retrieve it from that other format. You will lose some formatting, but not the text you need.
    If you have a friend with WordPerfect 9, or later, you can usually edit a Works document to repair it there.
    It depends a bit on the version of Works. Do you know which version you have. If you have a friend with a later version, the more recent versions will run a repair.
    If it is not private information, we would be happy to fix a copy of an emailed version, then email it back to you.
     
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    If you want to send a copy of the document to canyonlands@gmail.com, we would be happy to give it a try. No obligation. Quick turnaround.
     
  5. jannas

    jannas TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Email sent, Good luck mate
     
  6. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Try again. Not received here. Be sure Canyonlands has the s at the end.
     
  7. jannas

    jannas TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Got an email back from you :)

    Thanks for helping :)

    Dear everyone,
    Respect raybay, end of.

    Yours, Jannas
     
  8. jannas

    jannas TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Anyone else want to take up the challenge? Ray and an entire team of professionals are stuck on it and I wonder if anyone else is interested in the bragging rights :)

    John.
     
  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    I doubt the file is a works file then. This sounds like it might be an older version or in fact a word/openoffice file.

    Try opening the file with openoffice.
     
  10. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    We have firmly established that it is a works file... we have not confirmed what caused the damage, or whether the culprit is malware. We have been able to recover bits of it...
    It does NOT open with openoffice, any of 14 versions of Works, Word, or WordPerfect versions 7 through 12... nor Word 2007.
     
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