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Step by step Creating and Opening WordPerfect and RTF Documents with MSWord

Step by step Creating and Opening WordPerfect and RTF Documents in Word 2010

MSWord 2007 (and Word 2010) both opens and creates documents for several versions of WordPerfect and Works as well as RTF files. This handout explains how to create and open these documents.

Opening NonWord Documents

  1. Windows often refuses to recognize nonWord documents. Don't let this deter you. Open MSWord and insert the disk which holds the WordPerfect or other document.

  2. Click the Circle at the left of the Ribbon and then select Open. The circle on Word 2007's ribbon

  3. Word shows you a large box. Click the pull down menu on the bottom of the box and select All Files *.* WordPerfect, RTF, and Works files will appear along with anything else on the storage disk.

    opening a nonWord file

  4. Click on your file to open it.

  5. It is also possible to create both an MSWord and nonWord version of the same file. (See below).

Saving/Creating NonWord Documents

If your computer at home does not read the latest version of MSWord or if you are planning to send a resume to an employer who may not have the most current software, you may want to save your document in a nonWord format.

  1. To do this, first create your document. Then click the Circle at the left of the Ribbon. The magic circle on the ribbon Select Save As.

  2. MSWord shows you a large box. Click the scroll bar on the bottom of the box and select All Files *.* WordPerfect, RTF, and Works files will appear along with anything else on the storage disk.

    saving a nonWord file

  3. For resumes and other documents going to a recipient about whom you know little, rich text formatting, RTF, works best. Nearly all word processing software reads RTF files, and RTF retains much of MSWord's formatting, though not MSWord's resume templates.

    For your own use, choose the format that fits your home computer.

    Word also offers Compatibility Mode that saves your document in MSWord 2003 format.


  4. You can save your file first as an MSWord 2010 document and then as the same document in a different format, by repeating Step 2. This works well when your own computer does not have the 2007 version of MSWord and when faculty or a prospective employer requires it.

A Note about File Formats

MSWord 2010 can only read file formats for software that is the same age or older than itself. MSWord can read, create, and save files in any of the following formats:

a) MSWord 2003 (.doc files) or Compatability Mode as well as older versions of MSWord.

b) WordPerfect 5.x for Windows. There are multiple WordPerfect 5 versions.

b) Works 6 and 7. This is an older format that preceeds MS Word.

c) RTF documents. RTF stands for rich text formatting. It is a universally readable format that has more options than plain text.

d) Plain text files.