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Error in converting file from ,psw to .doc

Hi,

I've recently bought a Dell X5 with MS Pocket PC 3.0.11171 build 11178 and am trying to learn what it can (and can't) do.

I've created some files in Notes and in Pocket Word, which include typing and drawing  and recognised text.

When I use ActiveSynch from the PC I can see the files and copy them to the PC using the sidebar icon.

If I then click on the PC files, the Notes file opens OK using some in-built converter, but the Word one fails with error message "Word experienced an error opening this file...."

I've tried this several times now and I'm sure the first time I copied it to the PC it showed a progress bar which stopped half way through and said there had been an error in the conversion, but subsequently this doesn't happen. The file is created though ("same name".doc)

Can anyone help with getting the document onto my PC intact?

Many thanks

Stuart
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whtrbt7Commented:
Notes only synchronize to Outlook properly.  You can open notes up with Ritepen if you purchased it.  These are not Word files but rather Notes files.  They are different since Notes is done in Digital Ink.  Just synchronize Notes in Actiesync and it should work fine.  Make sure you open Outlook and view notes in Outlook.
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StuartOrdAuthor Commented:
Thanks, but i don't understand
I don't have a Ritepen
Do you mean I can't move a file created in Pocket Word and open it in Word 2003? It seemed to be trying but hit a problem.
How do I open a Notes file in Outlook?
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whtrbt7Commented:
Notes are opened up in Outlook by going to the Notes portion.  If you are using Outlook 2003 then it is all the way on the bottom underneath Tasks.  As for Pocket Word conversion, go to Activesync --> Options --> Rules --> File Conversion --> Conversion Settings --> Device to Desktop.  Go down to Microsoft Word Document to see if the conversion is on.  If it is on and you still can't drag and drop a PSW file from your PPC to PC then you need to reinstall Activesync.  
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StuartOrdAuthor Commented:
Oh, it's really frustrating - it's working perfectly now. I guess it's just me not being used to the slightly different style of the pocket PC. I did look in the file conversion options you suggested and it all seemed to be set OK. Next time I tried it, it converted as it transferred across. So problem solved, but I'm curious about this Notes feature.
I've never noticed the notes bit in Outlook. I suppose I've only been using it for about 7 years......
I've found I've got a single note in Outlook - I've no idea where it came from, and I don't recognise it. I presume it's stored in the .pst file? Anyway, if I wanted to see a .pwi file on Outlook on my PC which is currently on the PDA, how do i do it?
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whtrbt7Commented:
Okie, you need to set notes to synchronize in Activesync.  Open Activesync --> options --> Sync Options (tab) --> check Notes.  Your PWI files will synchronize into Outlook and you can open up the sticky notes in Outlook directly.  Notes is considered Digital Ink and can therefor support inking and write recognition.  In Outlook this will be in your sticky notes section and is backed up in a PST or OST file depending on what kind of Outlook mail organization you have.  This will be a highly regarded feature once you switch to a tablet PC.
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StuartOrdAuthor Commented:
Yes, I see - I'm starting to get the hang of this now. As an old(ish) hand, these new systems leave me feeling a bit out of control, as I like to have discrete files I can deal with - I've never really liked Outlook for this reason, but there's no use in complaining!
OK, if you can bear with me, what's a tablet PC? I associate the term with the early electronic drafting systems, but I'm sure it must have a new meaning.
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whtrbt7Commented:
Tablet PC OS is a version of Windows and accepts handwriting commands.  You can normally draw and use digital ink on the screen which then gets translated into notes and documents.  You can find out more about Tablet PC here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/tabletpc/default.mspx .  
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StuartOrdAuthor Commented:
Thanks - now I know what OneNote is for! I got it in Office 2003 and thought it seems a bit like a fish out of water, but that looks like the environment it was intended for. Quite neat these tablets, but they seem to be a bit behind normal laptops in power, weight, screen res and price, so I'm not upset that I bought a new Dell laptop a few months ago!. No doubt by the time I'm ready for the next change, a tablet will be on the options list.
Anyway, thanks for your help - much appreciated.
Stuart
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