Re: Accessing MS Word

From: Ryan Pavlik <>
Date: Wed Apr 27 2005 - 02:59:49 CEST

Ahh, I understand now. This is actually a Microsoft problem: the
installation of the Office trial took the association of Works Word
Processor (abbreviated Works WP) files away. However, I can help you
solve it: you will need to find your original Works CD's (should have
come with your computer) and install Works again to take back the file
association. Once you've done that, if you wish to use AbiWord in place
of Works WP (I would, but use whatever does what you need), just save
any files from Works into an "RTF" format, which AbiWord can open (Start
AbiWord first and click File, Open if they start Works by default).

Hope this helps!

Roy Cave wrote:

> Hi Ryan,
> The program I'm talking about is MS Works Word Processor. I can't
> understand why MS Works Data Base and MS Works Spreadsheet both work,
> but not MS Works Word Processor. Should I do as you suggested before
> or do you have another idea? Many thanks! Roy
> Ryan Pavlik wrote:
>> wrote:
>>> Roy Cave wrote:
>>>> Hi!
>>>> I really need some help. I'm an old man with a new computer about
>>>> which I know nothing. I removed the 60 day trial of 'Office' and
>>>> now I can no longer access the word processor or documents I
>>>> previously created. I can access MS Works spread sheet and Data
>>>> base, but when I click Word processor I get the following message.
>>> Hi, I think you're confusing Microsoft Word and Microsoft Works, two
>>> distinct products. AbiWord supports importing of Word files, but it
>>> doesn't support Works files. I don't know the limitations of the
>>> trial version you mention, but I wonder if you could reinstall the
>>> word processor portion to access your old documents. If not, maybe
>>> someone you know has access to that program and can convert the
>>> documents to another format (I'd suggest RTF if you're interested in
>>> editing those documents again)?
>> For reference, you probably had Microsoft Works or Works Suite (which
>> combines Works with Word) default on your computer, which was
>> over-written by the trial of Microsoft Office (a much more expensive
>> application that is almost never bundled).
>> In order to get AbiWord to open Word files by default, it's easiest
>> to uninstall (Start, Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs) AbiWord,
>> then double-click the installer file you downloaded. This time, when
>> you are presented with a screen with some check boxes, choose "Full
>> (with File Associations)" from the drop-down menu above the check
>> boxes. This will give you a full installation of AbiWord and make it
>> the default program to open/edit Word files, which is what you
>> probably want.

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