Microsoft KB Archive/107895

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WordStar Converter Limitations in Word 6.0 for Windows


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Word for Windows, version 6.0


This article provides information about limitations when converting between Word 6.0 for Windows and WordStar versions 3.3, 3.45, 4.0, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, and 7.0.

Features that are converted completely are not listed. Only features that are not converted, are not supported in one product or the other, or require some comment are included. "Yes" means the feature exists in both products and is converted from one product to the other. "No" means it exists in both products but is not completely converted between the two. "N/S" means the feature is not supported in one of the products or is not converted completely between products.

                        Word 6.0      WordStar
                        to            to
Feature                 WordStar      Word 6.0    Comments
-------                 --------      --------    --------

Character Formatting:                             This is changed to plain
                                                  format in WordStar if
                                                  the feature is not

  Small caps            No            N/S

  Font color            No            Yes

  Double-strike         N/S           No

  Space Underline       N/S           No

  Font type styles      No            No          Pitch settings are
                                                  converted, but fonts are
                                                  not retained during
                                                  import or export. All
                                                  fonts are converted to
                                                  Courier or Courier New
                                                  during import.

Document Formatting:

  Footnotes             See comment   Yes         When converting to
                                                  WordStar, custom
                                                  footnote numbers are not
                                                  converted, and starting
                                                  footnote reference
                                                  numbers are not

Page Formatting:

  Margins               See comment   Yes         The first margin
                                                  encountered in the Word
                                                  document is used for the
                                                  entire document when
                                                  converting to WordStar.

  Gutter margins        No            No

Paragraph Formatting:

  Tabs                  See comment   Yes         When converting to
                                                  WordStar, vertical tab
                                                  alignment is not

  Right indents         No            N/S

  Space before and      See comment   N/S         When converting to
  after                                           WordStar, space before
                                                  and after is simulated
                                                  with blank lines.

  Paragraph numbering   No            No

  Paragraph margins     No            No

  Tab leaders and       See...........comment     Tab leaders are not
  decimal tab                                     converted. Decimal tabs
                                                  become left tabs.

  Keep with next and    No            N/S
  keep together

Section Formatting:

  First page special    No            N/S

  Date and time
  entries in footers    No            N/S

  Even/odd headers/     No            No

  Headers/Footers       See...........comment     More than three lines of
  general                                         header/footer text is
                                                  not converted to
                                                  WordStar. Paragraph
                                                  formatting in headers/ 
                                                  footers is not

  WordStar default      N/S           No
  page number in a

  Tables                See comment   N/S         Tables are converted to
                                                  tab-delimited text in

Other Features:

  Styles                See...........comment     Styles are converted
                                                  only for WordStar
                                                  version 5.5 and above.
                                                  When converting from
                                                  WordStar to Word 6.0,
                                                  styles are converted to
                                                  direct formatting.

  Table of contents     No             S/C        To retain the appearance
                                                  of a WordStar table of
                                                  contents, convert the
                                                  .TOC file separately,
                                                  then insert it into the
                                                  converted WordStar
                                                  document that is
                                                  associated with it.

  Index                 No             S/C        To retain the appearance
                                                  of a WordStar index,
                                                  convert the .IDX file
                                                  separately, then insert
                                                  it into the converted
                                                  WordStar document that
                                                  is associated with it.

  Tables of captions,   No             No
  tables of figures,
  tables of

  Outline               No             No

  Page Numbers          See............comment    Non-numeric page numbers
                                                  and page position are
                                                  not converted.

  Print Merge           No             No

  "Dark" and "Light"    N/S            S/C        This is converted to
  colors                                          Black.

  Printer control       No             No

  Orientation           No             No

  Summary information   No             No

  Place markers         N/S            No

  Overprinting          N/S            No 


The information above is extracted from the SCNVINFO.DOC file supplied with the Word 6.0 for Windows Supplemental File Conversions Disks.

For information on limitations and options when converting to and from file formats for which converters are supplied with Word, double-click the Help button on the Standard toolbar in Word, and then type readme. Press ENTER twice, click File Conversion, and view the relevant Conversion Limitations topic.

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Last Reviewed: November 4, 2000
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