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Opening Old Document Files


I was looking through old files, and I opened a “Works 4.0 95/Works Word 97″ document to see what I’d find inside. (I always used Works instead of Office.) It opened up in WordPad, with nothing but jibberish. This I expected. I wasn’t concerned about this because I still have my desktop computer & the old software discs that can still open and read these files. So I have the ability to save them to “Works Suite Word 2003,” and that file I can open on the new laptop and save to “Office Word 2010.” (I believe I’ve already updated the old files to the latest software anyways and saved them to new files.)

Anyhoo, I got a pop up that said I had apps that I could use to open these types of files if I wanted, so I clicked on LibreOffice. And I got a ‘Read Only’ perfect file. No jibberish. And so I saved it as a new file that I could work in. I thought I’d share this information in case it would work for others too. (I also use “Publisher,” and have old files of it as well. LibreOffice will open those too. They will be in the ‘Draw/Impress’ section of the program.)

I wasn't able to open the 'Read Only' LibreOffice file in Word 2010, but I could open the new file I had saved with LO. And I then saved it as a Word 2010 file. (It seems I didn't save all of the old files to new files like I thought I had, so I will do that now that I can use LO to open and save them to a new file. Best to do that before LibreOffice is no longer able to open them, and before my desktop bites the dust.)

Hopefully others will be able to reopen old files they have sitting around, and hadn’t thought to update over the years.



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That's great to know, thank you for sharing this!

I use and love LibreOffice, percisely because it does so well with all kinds of files. I had to update it to open Publisher, but then that worked very well, too.

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You're very welcome. Scribus will open some of the Publisher & LibreOffice/OpenOffice Draw/Impress files too. It doesn't work as well, but it might be something to play with to see if you like it better than LO Draw/Impress.

There's a link to the Scribus website in my first post. You'll need to download GhostScript too. Link for that is above as well.






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Thanks!

For now, I'm fine with LO. And I use Scrivener for creating clean (ugly) .doc files for my formatting people, to make their life easier.

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You're very welcome. Scribus is a desktop publisher, so it might be more like Publisher than LO Draw/Impress. emoticon Which is why I linked to it above. I haven't played with it yet, but I thought it might be easier to figure out than LO/OO. Both have manuals for when you get stuck. LO has a PDF & online manual, but Scribus only has an online manual.

Until I play with them both, I really won't know which one I prefer over the other. If I find I like LO Draw/Impress better, I'll probably uninstall Scribus.





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If you are familiar with MS Word / Office, you can figure out LO/OO fairly easily. They are a little behind times (but then, I'm not happy with MS Office 2014, which I have to use at work), where layout and graphics are concerned, but that's not big loss.

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I have MS Office 2010, with Publisher. I opted in for the free upgrade to 2013, but somehow missed the opportunity to do so. I really don't intend to fork over that much money again, not since freeware/shareware will work just as well, if not better. I'm still having a hard time figuring my way around in there. A complete overhaul over Word 2003. I guess I should just switch to LO now, but I do want to get my money's worth out of it. emoticon

I liked MS Works better, as it was cheaper, and so was MS Publisher by itself. But it seems that these are not an option anymore. Actually, if I had known that LO & OO would open Publisher files, I probably would not have bought MS Office when I got the new laptop in November 2012. Hmmm . . . if you had to upgrade LO before you could open your Publisher files, then maybe that wouldn't have been an option at the time. I didn't know about Scribus at the time, or know if it was available then.

Oh well. I know I don't have to waste money on MS Office in the future at least.





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quote:

Joxcenia wrote:
Oh well. I know I don't have to waste money on MS Office in the future at least.



Absolutely. I tried to talk my IT friend at work into allowing OO or LO to save money, but she said they don't have support ... which isn't exactly true, but it's not the kind of phone-in support MS offers.

Of course, I'm doing neither tricky graphics nor layouting books with LO, but so far, it's been good for everything I needed to do.

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