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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.
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Converters That Are Available on the Word 97 CD-ROMThe converters that are listed in the following table are available on the Word 97 CD-ROM.
For more information about how to convert spreadsheet and database files, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
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.
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/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.
For more information about the Word 97 import converter, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
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).
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/162214/ )WD: How to obtain the Word 97-2000 Import Converter
Discontinued File ConvertersFile 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:
Microsoft Office Converter PackThe 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:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/212265/ )Additional text converters and image filters are available in the Microsoft Office Converter Pack
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."