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Importing Works Database Information

PSS ID Number: Q34367 Article last modified on 10-16-1998

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The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft Works for MS-DOS, versions 1.0, 1.05, 2.0, and 3.0


In Microsoft Works for MS-DOS, you can import data from other database applications that can save the database information as comma-delimited text files or a tab-delimited text file. The steps for this process are as follows:

  1. Save the file as an ASCII text file within the other database application. Make sure that the data fields are delimited by commas or tabs.
  2. Start Works.
  3. From the New menu, press the TAB key twice so the Open option is highlighted. Press ENTER. (The File Open menu is displayed in the center of the screen.)
  4. In the “filename:” field, enter the name of the text file created in the other application.
  5. Press ENTER to run the command.
  6. Works then prompts you for the type of file you want to create (Word Processor, Spreadsheet, or Database). Press the DOWN ARROW key until the dot appears in the parenthesis next to “Database.” Press ENTER.


The database information is then transferred to the new Works database file. Works automatically names the fields in the following manner:

Field1, Field2, Field3, and so on

Works version 3.0 can also accept a dBASE III or dBASE IV format, but Works version 2.0 and earlier can accept only a Works format or a delimited text file.

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