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Text converters installed during an "Install Now" setup

This article was previously published under Q236051
This article lists the text converters that are installed during an "Install Now" Setup of Word 2000, the text converters that are installed on first use, and the text converters that are native (built-in) to Word 2000.
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When Microsoft Word 2000 opens or saves a document, it uses text converters to change the file format of the document.

To convert documents to and from different formats, you must install the appropriate text converters included with the Microsoft Office 2000 Setup or the Microsoft Office Converter Pack.

Note When you use Microsoft Word 2000, you can collaborate with others who use earlier versions of Word and different applications. However, earlier versions of Word and some other applications do not support all of the Word 2000 features.

Text Converters That Are Native to Microsoft Word

The following text file formats are native to Word 2000; that is, they are built in and do not require an additional file format converter to be installed:
  • HTML
  • MS-DOS Text
  • MS-DOS Text with Line Breaks
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)
  • Text Only
  • Text with Line Breaks
  • Unicode Text
  • Word 97 for Windows, and Word 98 Macintosh Edition
  • Word 6.0/95 for Windows and Word 6.0 for the Macintosh
    (Asian versions require an additional file format converter)
  • Word 4.x-5.1 for the Macintosh (import only)
  • Word 2.0 and 1.0 for Windows (import only)

Text Converters Installed During "Install Now" Setup

The following text converters are installed, by default, when you do an "Install Now" Setup.
  • Word 6.0/95 Export Converter W6SCEX32.CNV
  • Recover Text Converter RECOVR32.CNV

Text Converters Installed on First Use

The following text converters are not installed during an "Install Now" Setup but are "advertised" as being available.
  • WordPerfect 6.x Converter
  • WordPerfect 5.x Converter
  • Microsoft Excel Converter
  • Word 97-2000 & 6.0/95 RTF Converter
  • Word for Macintosh 4.0-5.1 Converter
  • Word for Windows 2.0 Converter
  • Works for Windows 4.0
  • Converters for Search Tools - Find Fast Search Engine
  • Word 97 for Windows/Word 98 Macintosh
  • Word 6.0/95 for Windows/Macintosh
  • Lotus 1-2-3 Converter
Note The advertising of a feature means that the feature name appears on a menu where you would normally find the feature. When you first click on an advertised feature, Word prompts you to install the feature.

To install these text converters, use one of the following methods:

Method 1: Install on First Use

When you attempt to open a document whose converter is not installed, the following message appears:
Microsoft Word can't import the specified format. This feature is not currently installed. Would you like to install it now?
When you click Yes, Word installs the text converter and then opens the selected document.

Method 2: Run Setup

Use the following steps to install the "Install on First Use" (advertised) text converters:
  1. Quit Word and all the Microsoft Office applications.
  2. On the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.
  3. Double-click Add/Remove Programs.
  4. On the Install/Uninstall tab, click to select Microsoft Office 2000 (or Microsoft Word 2000), and then click Add/Remove.
  5. In Maintenance Mode Setup, click Add or Remove Features.
  6. Click to expand Converters and Filters.

    Note To expand, click the plus sign to the left of an item.
  7. Do one of the following:
    • Click to expand Text Converters. Click the appropriate text converter icon and select Run from My Computer.
    • Click the Text Converters icon and select Run all from My Computer.
  8. Click Update Now to install the selected text converters.
For additional information about text converters and graphics filters that are supplied with Microsoft Word 2000, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
235928 Supported file and graphics formats
Additional information about Word 2000 can be found in the Microsoft Office 2000 Resource Kit. For more information about the Microsoft Office Resource Kit, please see the following Microsoft World Wide Web site:

Article ID: 236051 - Last Review: 07/16/2012 08:35:00 - Revision: 3.0

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