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Microsoft KB Archive/105319

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WD: How to Obtain a Word 6.x/7.0 Converter for MacWord 5.x Users


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 7.0, 7.0a
  • Microsoft Word for the Macintosh, versions 5.0, 5.1, 5.1a, 6.0, 6.0.1
  • Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 6.0, 6.0a, 6.0c


If you are using Word 5.x for the Macintosh, you need a converter to read documents that were created in any of the following versions of Word:

  • Word 6.0 for Windows
  • Word 6.0 for Windows NT
  • Word for Windows 95 version 7.0
  • Word 6.0 for the Macintosh

Word 5.x users that don't have access to Word 6.0 for the Macintosh, can obtain this converter by ordering or downloading the Word 6.0 Converter Kit (for Word 5.x for the Macintosh users).

Alternatively, if a complete installation of Word 6.0 exists on the same Macintosh computer as Word 5.x, the converter is immediately available for installation and use with Word 5.x.

For information on obtaining and installing the converter, see the appropriate section below.

Obtaining the Word 6.x/7.0 Converter Kit for Word 5.x for the Macintosh

The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center. Click the file name below to download the file:


For additional information about how to download Microsoft Support files, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

Q119591 How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services

Microsoft used the most current virus detection software available on the date of posting to scan this file for viruses. Once posted, the file is housed on secure servers that prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

If you are unable to access the source listed above, you can order the converter by returning the Supplemental Offers coupon included in your Word 6.0 for the Macintosh package. Alternatively, you can have the converter mailed to you by calling the Microsoft Order Desk at (800) 360-7561 and requesting the Microsoft Word 6.0 Converter Kit (for Word 5.x for the Macintosh Users). If you are outside the United States, contact the Microsoft subsidiary for your area. To locate your subsidiary, see the Microsoft World Wide Offices Web site at:

NOTE: Because the Microsoft Web site is constantly updated, the site address may change without notice. If this occurs, link to the Microsoft home page at the following address:

Installing the Converter as Supplied with Word 6.0 for the Macintosh

  1. Quit Microsoft Word if it is running on your Macintosh.
  2. Copy the file "Word 6.0 for Windows&Macintosh" from the Microsoft folder existing at the same level as your Word 6.0 folder to the Word Commands subfolder in your Word 5.x folder. If this file is not available, run Word 6.0 Setup again to install the converter and repeat step 2.
  3. Move the file "Word 6.0 for Windows/Macintosh" to the trash if it exists in the Word Commands folder. This similarly named file is an earlier version of the converter that can only interpret Word 6.0 for Windows documents.
  4. Restart Word 5.x. The converter should now be properly installed.


Although the converter is called "Word 6.0 for Windows&Macintosh" and the Word 7.0 file is referenced as Word 6.0 for Windows during conversion, the converter is the correct one to use when converting Word 7.0 for Windows files. This kit is not required to open Word 5.x for the Macintosh files into Word 6.0 and 7.0 for Windows or Word 6.0 for the Macintosh. Both programs recognize and interpret Word 5.x for the Macintosh format automatically.

Those formatting features in Word 6.0 or 7.0 that do not exist in Word 5.0 or 5.1 for the Macintosh are not retained in conversion. A list of converter limitations is included in the file "Word 6.0 Conversion Information," which is installed with the converter.

If you have questions about installing or using the converter, in the United States call Product Support Services at (425) 635-7200 between 6:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. Pacific time. Outside the United States, contact your local Microsoft subsidiary.

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Last Reviewed: November 10, 2000
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