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Opening/converting a .wks file

Posted on 2001-07-20
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I have a .wks file that is not readable when I import or open with Excel or Access, but shows a simple table when I view it with Quick View.  The data is somehow there, but I am unable to open it for copying or printing.  Any suggestions for software to view and edit, or for making the file conversion to Excel?

p.s.  I have MS Office 2000, so it not because my apps are older.
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The file converters to open the Lotus files in Excel are probably not installed by default, unless you specifically chose them with the custom installation.

You should be able to install them by clicking on the  Start button, Settings, and then click Control Panel,
Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon, and then of the click Microsoft Office 2000 on the Install/Uninstall tab, and then click Add/Remove. There should be a choice for file converters.
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You could also try using Word to import it.

Or go to someone else's machine with Office and try using their Excel to convert it.  You may also be able to pick up a copy of Lotus for around $20 to open it for you.
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To tskelly:  I do have the Lotus file converters installed in my Office 2000, and I am still unable to open the file in a version that is editable.

To dbrunton:  I have tried using Word to import it and I get the same results as using Excel.  If it comes down to me buying a copy of Lotus, I would rather make the person sending it buy a copy of Office!

Any other suggestions?
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It would help to know which version of Lotus 123 was used to create the file, or if instead, it was created as a .wks file by some other program.

I found a program, 123toasc.zip, said to convert 123 to ASCII converter.

http://www.cyf-kr.edu.pl/mirr-html/simtel/simtel_spredsht.html
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I don't know which version of Lotus 1-2-3 was used (or if it was Lotus 1-2-3).  However, using the program you noted and another at the same URL which reads .wks and .wk1 files, I was able to find out that there are some errors in the file, and yet I was still able to get most of the info.  

Thanks!
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You're welcome. Glad they worked.
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