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[Solved] Open MS Works 7.0 files

Postby Pepsiboy » Sun Apr 12, 2015 4:33 pm

New here and I'm wondering if Open Office can be used to open documents from Microsoft Works 7.0 in Windows 7? Works in no longer able to open and some of my documents are critical. Thanks in advance for the help.

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Re: Can it be done?

Postby RoryOF » Sun Apr 12, 2015 4:38 pm

You can use the online service at http://www.zamzar.com to convert your files to OpenOffice formats.
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Re: Can it be done?

Postby Zizi64 » Sun Apr 12, 2015 4:47 pm

...or you can try the LibreOffice (standard or portable version)
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Re: Can it be done?

Postby Pepsiboy » Tue Apr 14, 2015 1:37 pm

I have tried BOTH of these with zero results. They both require that MS works be functional. It is not.
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Re: Can it be done?

Postby RoryOF » Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:26 pm

Zamzar should not need the application that owns a file. Try again.
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Re: Can it be done?

Postby Zizi64 » Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:57 pm

They both require that MS works be functional. It is not.


LibreOffice not require MS works for open a Works-type file... if it is Works-type really.

Can you upload one or two piece of your Works files here?
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Re: Can it be done?

Postby Pepsiboy » Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:44 am

I would like to attach the files, BUT I am unable to attach a file that I can not open. I keep getting the notice that the file extension listed is not allowed. What am I doing wrong?
My problem is NOT that I can not access the files, I just can not OPEN them. Nothing I have tried will open them.

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Re: Can it be done?

Postby Zizi64 » Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:31 am

I would like to attach the files, BUT I am unable to attach a file that I can not open. I keep getting the notice that the file extension listed is not allowed. What am I doing wrong?


Make a ZIP archive from your file(s), and use it as attachement. The file size limit is 128 KiB.
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Re: Can it be done?

Postby Pepsiboy » Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:17 pm

Well, I finally got Zamzar to work at converting my files. The only ones they can not convert are the Works Database files. I'm still looking elsewhere for something that will work. Thanks to all for the help.

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Re: [Solved] Open MS Works 7.0 files

Postby Pepsiboy » Sat Apr 25, 2015 11:39 pm

I still can not find anything for FREE to convert my Works Database files to SOMETHING that is readable. :crazy: Any other suggestions would be appreciated.

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Re: [Solved] Open MS Works 7.0 files

Postby Zizi64 » Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:11 am

I still can not find anything for FREE to convert my Works Database files


I never seen Works Database files. Can you upload an example file here?
(Maybe those files are simple structured textfiles with a special extension. Try rename a copy of your file to *.csv, or *.txt, and try open it.)

If those files are not simple structured textfiles, see these pages:
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http://fileinfo.com/extension/wdb

https://forum.openoffice.org/en/forum/v ... 13&t=55968
(I recommend to your attention the last post with a link)
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Re: [Solved] Open MS Works 7.0 files

Postby Pepsiboy » Sun Apr 26, 2015 2:31 pm

Zizi64 wrote:
I still can not find anything for FREE to convert my Works Database files


I never seen Works Database files. Can you upload an example file here?
(Maybe those files are simple structured textfiles with a special extension. Try rename a copy of your file to *.csv, or *.txt, and try open it.)

If those files are not simple structured textfiles, see these pages:
General Information:
http://fileinfo.com/extension/wdb

https://forum.openoffice.org/en/forum/v ... 13&t=55968
(I recommend to your attention the last post with a link)


I am trying to attach the .wdb file, but nothing happens. Sorry. I keep getting the notice ".wdb file extension is not allowed."

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Re: [Solved] Open MS Works 7.0 files

Postby Zizi64 » Sun Apr 26, 2015 3:29 pm

As I wrote above: use a ZIP archive to upload your file. The file size limit is 128 KiB.
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Re: [Solved] Open MS Works 7.0 files

Postby Pepsiboy » Sun Apr 26, 2015 3:43 pm

OK, I'll try th

I wanted to attach the other file, but I got a notice that it was too large. I hope this will work for you.

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Re: [Solved] Open MS Works 7.0 files

Postby RPG » Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:02 pm

Hello

I can read the file without problems. I think it is not good to place here all the private adresses of other people.

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Re: [Solved] Open MS Works 7.0 files

Postby Zizi64 » Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:13 pm

I can read the file without problems.

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(I can open it with Libreoffice 4.3.6, and Libreoffice 4.2.2 Portable)



I think it is not good to place here all the private adresses of other people.

+1
(Do you have .wdb files with sensitive data only?)
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Re: [Solved] Open MS Works 7.0 files

Postby Pepsiboy » Sun Apr 26, 2015 5:48 pm

That was the only file I have that was small enough to post. the other 2 are too large. HOPEFULLY I did an edit to remove the file correctly. I am assuming that the problem is with MY computer. I have uninstalled and reinstalled MS Works 7.0 BOTH normally and in "SAFE MODE" with the same result. I still can not open these files. I have tried with Open Office and with Libre Office. Same result. I just don't know what else to do.

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Re: [Solved] Open MS Works 7.0 files

Postby RPG » Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:27 pm

Hello

I did not clearly read that you have installed LibreOffice. As far I knew you can not open the files with Apache OpenOffice. You can open the files with libreOffice.

When you cannot open the files with libreoffice then you may send it to me but I think I can also not open the files with LibreOffice when you cannot open it with LibreOffice.

Did you get any error message? It is possible that you have no right for reading the files. The modern computers do have now most of the time user rights and it is possible that you have no right on your own computer to read a file unless you have the right.

I take care for some Microsoft computers. Those person do have no admin rights on there own computer. Also I do take care for some Linux computers and people do not have root rights.

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Re: [Solved] Open MS Works 7.0 files

Postby Pepsiboy » Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:18 pm

Well, I finally was able to open the files. Bad news is that it open in spread sheet form, NOT database form. Some of the information (such as "Zip Codes") is not able to be seen. How do I get them to open in the database form?

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Re: [Solved] Open MS Works 7.0 files

Postby Villeroy » Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:48 pm

Getting the raw data into a spreadsheet is more than you can expect.
Insert at row #1 and add column labels.
Create a new directory for a dBase database and save the spreadsheet as dBase (*.dbf) in that directory.
Close the spreadsheet.
File>New>Database...
[X] Connect to existing database.
Type: <dBase>
Specify the directory as source.
[X] Register the database
Save the database.
Add an input form to the database document.
The database document does not store any data. Your addresses are stored in the dBase file.
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Re: [Solved] Open MS Works 7.0 files

Postby Pepsiboy » Tue May 19, 2015 2:30 pm

What would you suggest I do to get it converted to a USABLE form?

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Re: [Solved] Open MS Works 7.0 files

Postby Villeroy » Tue May 19, 2015 2:45 pm

Right-click on table icon > Form Wizard ...
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Re: [Solved] Open MS Works 7.0 files

Postby Pepsiboy » Wed May 20, 2015 2:12 pm

Villeroy wrote:Right-click on table icon > Form Wizard ...

I would, BUT wizard will not open either. NOTHING from MS Works is able to open. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Re: [Solved] Open MS Works 7.0 files

Postby Villeroy » Wed May 20, 2015 5:13 pm

Install a 32-bit version of Java described here: https://forum.openoffice.org/en/forum/v ... 74&t=69896
Call menu:Tools>Options>Java, enable the use of the newly installed Java and restart the office suite.
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Re: [Solved] Open MS Works 7.0 files

Postby Pepsiboy » Thu May 21, 2015 9:29 pm

Villeroy wrote:Install a 32-bit version of Java described here: https://forum.openoffice.org/en/forum/v ... 74&t=69896
Call menu:Tools>Options>Java, enable the use of the newly installed Java and restart the office suite.


Villeroy,
Obviously you have missed something. I am not trying to open an Office Suite file. I am trying to open a MS Works 7.0 file. As far as I know, Works does not use Java to run. :crazy:

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Re: [Solved] Open MS Works 7.0 files

Postby Villeroy » Thu May 21, 2015 9:51 pm

After you loaded that file into a spreadsheet program and saved it as a dBase file in a dedicated directory, this file is usable with a wide variety of applications. It is just an ordinary dBase table with your data in it. You connected a Base document to the dBase directory which is the normal way to "open" dBase with a database program and now you have your data availlable in this office suite.

If you want to create an input form for this dBase database you have 2 options:
1a) Create an input form manually within the Base document.
1b) Create an input form manually attached to a stand-alone Writer document.
2) Let the form wizard create an input form which requires that you installed a particular version of Oracle Java.
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