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WD97: Cannot Convert WordPerfect Password-Protected File

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Symptoms
Microsoft Word will not convert a password-protected WordPerfect file. Whenyou try to open a password-protected WordPerfect file in Word, you willreceive one of the following error messages:

  • File cannot be opened because of password protection.
  • Cannot Open File.
  • Converter not installed.
Workaround
To convert a password-protected WordPerfect document in Word, you mustfirst remove the password from the document in WordPerfect, and then resavethe document in WordPerfect without a password.

In WordPerfect 5.1 for MS-DOS and Windows, open the file, press CTRL+F5(Text In/Out), press 2 (Password), then press 2 again (Remove). Afterremoving the password, save the file and quit WordPerfect.

In WordPerfect 5.2 for Windows, click Password on the File menu, clickthe Remove button, and then save the file so the change can take effect.

In WordPerfect 6.x for Windows, click Save As on the File menu. Clear thePassword Protect check box, and then resave the document without apassword.
More information
WordPerfect 5.1 for MS-DOS and Windows contains an option to lock adocument with a password. To lock a WordPerfect document, select TextIn/Out (CTRL+F5), Password, Add/Change, and enter your password twice.

In WordPerfect 5.2 for Windows, click Password on the File menu,type a password, click the Set button, retype the password, and click theSet button again.

In WordPerfect 6.x for Windows, click Save As on the File menu. Click toselect the Password Protect check box and save the document. You will beprompted to enter and verify the password.

Microsoft Word cannot parse the unpublished password encryption employed byWordPerfect. This WordPerfect feature is by design.
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Article ID: 194495 - Last Review: 06/22/2014 19:19:00 - Revision: 5.0

Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

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