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Microsoft KB Archive/102217

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Word for Windows: Cannot Import CorelDRAW! 4.0 EPS Files


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 2.0, 2.0a, 2.0a-CD, 2.0b, 2.0c, 6.0, 6.0a, 6.0c
  • Microsoft Word for Windows NT, version 6.0


Word for Windows cannot import an encapsulated PostScript (EPS) graphic that contains a TIFF preview image created in CorelDRAW! version 4.0. This restriction occurs because CorelDRAW! version 4.0 incorrectly creates the EPS header when it exports EPS files that contain TIFF preview images. The Word EPS filter cannot read this header, so it cannot import the graphic.

Corel Systems, Inc. has corrected this problem. For information about this solution, contact the CorelDRAW! Technical Support Hotline at the following numbers:

   Phone:  (613)728-1990
   Fax:    (613)761-9175 


To import a CorelDRAW! version 4.0 file in your Word document, export it to another supported file format, such as PCX, BMP, WMF, PIC, or DRW, in CorelDRAW!.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Word for Windows versions 6.0, 6.0a, 6.0c, and Word for Windows NT version 6.0. This problem was corrected in Word version 7.0 for Windows 95.


The first 30 bytes (0-29) of an EPS file that contains a TIFF preview image are a binary header that contains the offset settings for the PostScript and preview data. CorelDraw! version 4.0 writes an incorrect checksum value in bytes 28 and 29 when it exports an EPS graphic with a TIFF preview image. When the Word EPS filter reads the incorrect value in bytes 28 and 29, it fails.

According to the Adobe "PostScript Language Reference Manual," bytes 28 and 29 should contain the following information:

   28-29 Checksum of header (XOR of bytes 0-27). If Checksum is FFFF
         then ignore it. 

If you change the checksum value in bytes 28 and 29 to FFFF in your CorelDRAW! version 4.0 EPS file, the Word EPS filter imports the file correctly.

The CorelDRAW! products included here are manufactured by Corel Systems, Inc.; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding these products' performance or reliability.


"PostScript Language Reference Manual," Adobe Systems Inc., page 728, Addison-Wesley, 1990

Additional query words: 2.0 Corel Draw EPS winword2 winword 4.0 6.0 ntword wordnt word6

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Last Reviewed: November 4, 2000
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