Convert a Mac Appleworks Document to PC Microsoft Word

Posted on 2007-07-29
Last Modified: 2009-01-23
I am trying to help this elderly friend that I know that has typed a document on her Mac. Actually it is a book that she is trying to get in print.  It has about 300 pages and she typed it all on her Mac.  She has asked me to reformat it and make changes and I am willing to do so but have to try to get it converted from her Appleworks program to my PC.

Any suggestions on the best way to do this would be most appreciated as I really don't want to type it all over again.  Someone she knew tried to convert it for her and has it on a CD but there are so many problems with the documents that it would be easier to retype it.  I don't know how they converted it but there are folders and documents on the disk with the following names:  Folder, Book and Resourse.frk, Documents: .DS_Store, 4.rtf, 6.rtf, etc.

Thank you for your help.

Question by:Jeanne061397
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    Accepted Solution

    Word has a file converter that supports appleworks.
    Here's a very step-by-step instruction sheet:
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    Assisted Solution

    Greetings Jeanne !

    If you have access to a Mac, the following post suggest several options to convert Appleworks file to Word file

    Conversion Plus will convert Appleworks file to Word file

    Best wishes, war1
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    Expert Comment

    The easiest (and cheapest) way to do this would be for you friend to open the document in Appleworks and choose Save as from the File menu. In the Save As dialogue box there will be a dropdown menu. Choose Microsoft Word (XP/2000) and make sure the file name ends with .doc. The resulting file should open in Microsoft Word.
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    Expert Comment

    charchaz101, I already posted that info.  Please read the previous posts before posting.

    Author Comment

    I really appreciate your help with my problem.  I am keeping the information for a future reference.
    Unfortunately, I was not able to use these suggestions but the Mifflin County School District gave excellent information on converting Claris Works to Word.  This had been done earlier and put on a disk and the formatting was all put on top of each document and really would require more editing that retyping would take.

    I have decided to scan each page (although it is very time consuming) but it recognizes it in Wordpad, then I copy the text to Word  and past special using plain text.   This way it picks up all colons, apostrophes, etc.  I seem to only have to add tabs where appropriate.  It is all done in word wrap and not a paragraph symbol at the end of EVERY line.

    Thanks again for your help.


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