Works: File Formats Supported in Works for Windows

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This article contains information about the formats in which Microsoft Works can import and export files. The listed filters are installed by Works for Windows.

Note that the lists in this article contain the following identifiers:
(i) means that the filter is internal to the MSWORKS.EXE file
(e) means that the filter is an external converter file.

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Works versions 3.0, 3.0a, and 3.0b for Windows

Microsoft Works versions 3.0, 3.0a, and 3.0b for Windows can import and export files in the following formats if you have installed the necessary import/export filters:
Microsoft Works for Windows 2.0 (e)
Microsoft Works for MS-DOS (version 1.0 and 2.0) (e)
Microsoft Works for MS-DOS (version 3.0 is Import only) (i)
Microsoft Works for Macintosh 3.0 (i)
Microsoft Word for Windows 2.x and 6.0 (6.0 is Import only) (e)
Microsoft Windows Write 3.0 and 3.1 (e)
Microsoft Excel for Windows 4.0 and 5.0 (i)
Text (MS-DOS) (i)
Text (Windows) (i)
RTF (Rich-Text Format) (i)
SYLK (Spreadsheet import only) (i)
Text&Tabs (MS-DOS) (i)
Text&Tabs (Windows) (i)
Text&Commas (i)
WordPerfect 5.0, 5.1, and 5.2. (MS-DOS) (e)
WordPerfect for Windows 5.x (e)
WordPerfect Secondary Files 5.0, 5.1, and 5.2. (e)
Lotus 123 version 2.x (i)
dBASE III, and IV (i)

Works 2.0 and 2.0a for Windows

Microsoft Works 2.0 and 2.0a for Windows can import and export text files in the following formats if the import/export filters have been installed:
ASCII text files (i)
Rich-text format (.RTF) (i)
dBASE (opens as a database file only) (i)
WordPerfect versions 5.0 and 5.1 (e)
Word for Windows versions 1.x (e)
Windows Write (e)
Word for Windows version 2.x (Works 2.0a only) (e)
LOTUS 1-2-3 version 2.x only (i)
SYLK (import only) (i)
NOTE: The "Microsoft Works for Windows User's Guide" for version 2.x incorrectly states on page 84 that Works for Windows can import files created in Microsoft Word for MS-DOS.

Works includes an import filter for its own word processing format (.WPS) for the use with certain other programs.

To see which file filters are installed on your computer, open the Windows WIN.INI file in a text editor, and search for the [MS Text Converters] section.

If the filters for Works are not installed, reinstall Microsoft Works, select Custom Installation from the Setup Options dialog box, and select the Converters For Word Processor And Graphics check box only.

For more information, query on the following words in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
setup and custom and installation and works


"Getting Started with Microsoft Works for Windows," page 46, "Appendix: Custom Installation"


Article ID: 81051 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 4.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Works 2.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Works 3.0 Standard Edition
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