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How Summary Information Converts Between WordPerfect and Word


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Word for Windows, version 6.0


In conversion to Word 6.0, Word retains WordPerfect 5.1 for MS-DOS and WordPerfect 5.1 and 5.2 for Windows user-editable Document Summary Information fields that have equivalents in Word 6.0, and vice versa. Document Summary Information fields in WordPerfect 6.x documents are not retained when the document is opened in Word 6.0. The following table displays available summary options and how they map between WordPerfect 5.x and Word 6.0:

WordPerfect 5.x       Word 6.0   Comments
---------------       --------   --------

Descriptive Name  \              WordPerfect Descriptive Name and Type
                   >  Title      are converted to Word's Title. The
Descriptive Type  /              Name appears first in Word, followed
                                 by the type information within

Creation Date         N/A        Creation Date is not user-editable in
                                 Word, and regardless of the setting in
                                 WordPerfect, it reverts to the date on
                                 which the document is converted to

Author                Author

Typist                N/A

Subject               Subject

Account               N/A

Keywords              Keywords

Abstract              Comments   The Word for Windows comments summary
                                 field is limited to 255 characters.
                                 WordPerfect abstracts of greater than
                                 255 characters are concatenated at
                                 the 255th character in conversion to


WordPerfect for Windows includes an option to place an extract of the document in the summary abstract. An extract is comprised of the first 160 characters of a document's subject, the first 400 characters of the document, and the author and typist information. Because a WordPerfect abstract is converted to comments in Word, and comments are limited to 255 characters, a full document extract created in this manner cannot be retained.

The WordPerfect products mentioned here are manufactured by a vendor independent of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding these products' performance or reliability.

For more information or support with WordPerfect, contact WordPerfect Customer Support at (800) 228-1029.

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Last Reviewed: November 4, 2000
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