WD97: Supported Non-Word File Formats

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Summary
Microsoft Word 97 supports conversion to and from a number of non-Word file formats, including word processor, spreadsheet, and database files. Word interprets some non-Word formats by using built-in converters and other formats through the use of external converter files or ODBC drivers.

The "More Information" section of this article contains information about:
  • Converters That Are Available on the Word 97 CD-ROM
  • Discontinued File Converters
  • Microsoft Office Converter Pack
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Converters That Are Available on the Word 97 CD-ROM

The converters that are listed in the following table are available on the Word 97 CD-ROM.
 Supported                               File Formats         Converter      Date     Size     Comments-------------------------------------------------------------------------- Office Folder: Index filter    IFILTER.CNV    12/9/96  45 KB    Microsoft Office Filter                                                  to RTF Converter Address Book    WWPAB.CNV      12/9/96  40 KB    Personal Address Book Converter                                        import converter Os\MSApps\Textconv Folder: Microsoft Excel EXCEL32.CNV    12/9/96  133 KB   Excel Worksheet Converter 3.x-5.x,95,97                                    Can be used only to open (Win, Mac)                                       documents, not to save                                                  them. HTML            HTML32.CNV     12/9/96  369 KB   Converts documents to                                                  and from HTML format.                                                  Supports all versions up                                                  to HTML 2.0, some                                                  Internet Explorer, and                                                  Netscape extensions. Lotus 1-2-3     LOTUS32.CNV    12/9/96  107 KB   Import only 2.0-4.0 Lotus Notes     NIMS32.DLL                       Allows Lotus Notes to 3.X-4.X         MSCTHUNK.DLL                     import documents from                 MSWRD632.CNV                     Microsoft Word 6.0, 7.0,                 MSWRD832.CNV                     and 97 Microsoft Word  MACWRD32.CNV   12/9/96  177 KB   Can be used to save 4.x and 5.x                                      documents in these file for Macintosh                                    formats. No converter is                                                  required for opening                                                  these formats in Word 97. Microsoft       MSWRD632.CNV   12/9/96  133 KB   The import converter is Word6/95 Import                                  used by non-Far East                                                  versions of Word 97 to                                                  open files created in the                                                  Far East versions of Word                                                  6.0 and 7.0. Microsoft       MSWRD832.CNV   12/9/96  253 KB   Used by Word 6.0, 7.0 and Word 97 Import                                   other applications to                                                   open Word 97 files. Text Recovery   RECOVR32.CNV   12/9/96  38 KB    Recovers text from                                                  damaged documents MS-DOS          TXTLYT32.CNV   12/9/96  185 KB   Import and export text Text with                                        files Layout Text with Layout TXTLYT32.CNV  12/9/96  185 KB   Import and Export.                                                  Preserves line breaks.                                                  Inserts spaces in a                                                  converted document to                                                  approximate indents,                                                  tables, line spacing,                                                  paragraph spacing, and                                                  tab stops. Converts                                                  section breaks and page                                                  breaks to paragraph                                                  marks. Use this format to                                                  convert a document to a                                                  text file format while                                                  preserving the page                                                  layout. Text Only       INTERNAL                         Saves text without its                                                  formatting. Converts all                                                  section breaks, page                                                  breaks, and new line                                                  characters to paragraph                                                  marks. Uses the ANSI                                                  character set. Select                                                  this format only if the                                                  destination program                                                  cannot read any of the                                                  other available file                                                  formats. MS-DOS Text     INTERNAL                         Converts files the same                                                  way as Text only format.                                                  Uses the extended ASCII                                                  character set, which is                                                  the standard for MS-DOS-                                                  based programs. Use this                                                  format to share documents                                                  between Word and non-                                                  Windows-based programs. Text Only       INTERNAL                         Saves text without With Line                                        formatting. Converts all Breaks                                           line breaks, section                                                  breaks, and page breaks                                                  to paragraph marks. Use                                                  this format when you want                                                  to maintain line breaks                                                  3/4 for example, when                                                  transferring documents to                                                  an electronic mail                                                  system. MS-DOS Text     INTERNAL                         Saves text without With Line                                        formatting. Converts all Breaks                                           line breaks, section                                                  breaks, and page breaks                                                  to paragraph marks. Use                                                  this format when you want                                                  to maintain line breaks                                                  3/4 for example, when                                                  transferring documents to                                                  an electronic mail                                                  system. Rich Text       INTERNAL                         Saves all formatting. Format (RTF)                                     Converts formatting to                                                  instructions that other                                                  programs, including                                                  compatible Microsoft                                                  programs, can read and                                                  interpret. Word 2.x for   WNWRD232.CNV   12/9/96   180 KB   Can be used to save Windows                                          documents in this file                                                  format. No converter is                                                  required for opening                                                  documents in Word 2.x                                                  format in Word 97. Works 3.x       WORKS332.CNV   12/9/96  116 KB   Import and Export of Word                                                  for Windows processing                                                   files only.				
For more information about how to convert spreadsheet and database files, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
138416 How to convert Works files for use with Word mail merges
 Works 4.0       WORKS432.CNV   12/9/96  254 KB   Import and Export of Word                                                  for Windows processing                                                  files only.  WordPerfect 5.x WPFT532.CNV    12/9/96  333 KB   WordPerfect 5.x Converter                                                  for MS-DOS Import and                                                  Export and Windows WordPerfect 6.x WPFT632.CNV    12/9/96  247 KB   WordPerfect 6.x Converter                                                  Can be used only to open                                                  version 6.x documents,                                                  not to save them.				
 Word 6/95       WRD6EX32.CNV   12/9/96  19 KB    Required for export in a                                                  special RTF format for                                                  Word6.0 and 7.0 Valupack\Wrd97cnv Folder: Setup program   WRD97CNV.EXE   12/9/96  953 KB   Word 97 Converter Setup to install                                       for Word 6.0 or 7.0. Word import                                      Includes Word 97 import converter                                        converter (and                                                  accompanying .dll) as                                                  well as new graphics                                                  filters (pict, emf, jpeg,                                                  png).				
For more information about the Word 97 import converter, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
162214 WD: How to obtain the Word 97-2000 Import Converter

Discontinued File Converters

File formats previously supported by Word 6.x for which support has been discontinued in Word 7.0, Office 95, Word 97, and Office 97 include the following:
  • DisplayWrite
  • MultiMate
Note Conversion of DisplayWrite and MultiMate documents can be accomplished by saving from DisplayWrite and MultiMate in RFT-DCA format and then using the RFT-DCA supplemental converter described above to import the RFT-DCA into Microsoft Word 97.)
  • MultiPlan
  • Works 2.x/3.x for MS-DOS
  • Word 1.x for Windows export
  • Office Document Architecture (ODA)
  • Publisher 2.0
  • Works for Windows 2.X

Microsoft Office Converter Pack

The Microsoft Office Converter Pack installs some additional text converters and graphic (image) filters that may not be available in your installation of Microsoft Word 97 for Windows.

For additional information the Microsoft Office Converter Pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
212265 Additional text converters and image filters are available in the Microsoft Office Converter Pack
References
For more information about supported file formats, click the Office Assistant, type File Format Converters Supplied with Word click Search, and then click to view "File Format Converters Supplied with Word."
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