Works for Windows: File Transfers To/From Word for MS-DOS (104213)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft Works 2.0
    Microsoft Works 2.0a
    Microsoft Works 3.0
    Microsoft Works 3.0a
    Microsoft Works 3.0b
    Microsoft Word for MS-DOS 6.0

This article was previously published under Q104213


Page 84 of the "Microsoft Works for Windows User's Guide" (version 2.0) states you can directly import Word for MS-DOS files. However, the necessary conversion routine for direct translation was not shipped with Works for Windows version 2.0 or 3.0.

Word processing files can be transferred between Works for Windows and Word for MS-DOS using RTF (Rich Text Format). The conversion process for Works to Word and Word to Works is virtually the same. Save the file using RTF and open it in the other application.


Use the following steps to transfer a Word Processing document between Works for Windows and Word for MS-DOS.

NOTE: The steps are basically the same regardless of which program the file originates from. Some of the command names in Word are slightly different than the command names in Works. In cases where the command names differ, the Word command is provided in parentheses below.

    Open the Word Processing document you want to transfer.
    From the File menu, choose Save As.
    Enter a new file name and choose RTF from the Save File As Type box (in Word, choose RTF from the Format box). Make sure the extension on the filename is .RTF and press ENTER.
    Close the file and open the program you want to bring the file into.
    From the File menu, choose Open.
    From the List Files Of Type box, select RTF (*.rtf). (In Word, select the file by selecting All Files under Show Files.)
    Select the file from the list and press ENTER. If the file is not displayed there, you might need to change directories. The RTF specification is a generic format that preserves most document formatting for file transfers between different word processing applications. For example, most character formatting will be retained; however, embedded objects will not transfer. This format can then be shared between platforms (Windows, MS-DOS, OS/2, and Macintosh).


"Microsoft Works for Windows User's Guide," page 84.

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 11/24/2003
Keywords: KB104213