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Converting Files from Word for DOS 5.0 to Mac Word 4.0 PSS ID Number: Q48448 Article last modified on 08-08-1993 PSS database name: APpsConV



The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft Word for the Macintosh version 4.0


The following is a description of how to transfer files from Microsoft Word for DOS version 5.0 and Microsoft Word for the Macintosh version 4.0, as well as a listing of document formats supported in conversion between these two Word versions.

An application note titled “Microsoft Word Cross-Platform Conversions” explains the best methods of transfer between the current versions of Word for DOS, Macintosh, Windows, and OS/2. It includes a comprehensive listing of which formats will convert, which will not convert, and explanations. To obtain this application note, contact Microsoft Product Support Services at (206) 454-2030.

More Information:

Word for DOS 5.0 to Word for the Macintosh 4.0 File Conversion

  1. Open the document in Word for DOS, choose Transfer, then choose Save.
  2. In the “filename:” field, type the pathname and document name.
  3. In the “format:” field, select RTF.
  4. Press ENTER.
  5. Transfer the file to the Macintosh environment.
  6. Start Word for the Macintosh and choose Open from the File menu.
  7. Select the RTF file and click the Open button.
  8. When asked to interpret RTF, click Yes.

Items That Transfer

The following is a list of formats that transfer between Word for DOS 5.0 and Word for the Macintosh 4.0:

Character Formatting

  • All caps
  • Bold
  • Character size
  • Color
  • Double underline
  • Hidden
  • Italic
  • Single underline
  • Small caps
  • Strikethrough
  • Subscript
  • Superscript

Please note the following:

  1. Double underline may not be visible if line spacing is negative.
  2. Most fonts do not transfer between Word for DOS and Word for the Macintosh due to differences in the way the programs map fonts. However, a few do transfer: Avante Garde, Palatino, Zapf Chancery, London, and Symbol.
  3. Superscript and subscript transfer only at the 6-point size.

Paragraph Formatting

  • All tabs
  • Bottom border
  • Centered
  • Double border
  • Flush left
  • Flush right
  • Indenting
  • Justified
  • Keep lines together
  • Keep with next paragraph
  • Left border
  • Line spacing
  • Outside bar
  • Paragraph spacing
  • Plain box
  • Positioned paragraphs
  • Right border
  • Single border
  • Tab leaders
  • Thick border
  • Top border

Note: Dotted and shadowed borders transfer as a single border.

Section Formatting

  • Column spacing
  • Even and odd headers/footers
  • First page headers/footers
  • First page special
  • Header and footer position
  • Line number count by
  • Line number from text
  • Line number
  • Normal headers and footers
  • Number of columns
  • Page number position
  • Page number styles
  • Page numbering
  • Restart at one
  • Section start

Document Formatting

  • Gutters
  • Mirror even and odd pages
  • Page number from
  • Paper size
  • Widow control

Other Items

  • Date stamp
  • Footnote reference marks
  • Footnotes
  • Hard spaces
  • International quotes
  • Manual page breaks
  • Non-breaking hyphens
  • Optional hyphens
  • Outlining
  • Page number stamp
  • Section marks
  • Soft returns
  • Style sheets
  • Tables
  • Time stamps

Please note the following:

  1. When transferring an outline from Word for DOS 5.0, make sure the OUTLINE.STY stylesheet is attached to the document.
  2. Only Word for DOS paragraph styles transfer. Division and character styles do not.

Methods of Transferring Files

The following are several methods of transferring files between Macintosh and DOS machines:

  • Use the Apple File Exchange utility to transfer the files. (This utility comes with all Macintosh computers.) When Apple File Exchange is running, you can place a 3.5-inch DOS-formatted disk in the machine and transfer the files without any extra hardware or software. For more information on transferring files using Apple File Exchange, see the “Macintosh Utilities User’s Guide.”

  • Send the files over telephone lines using a modem. To do this, each machine must have an operating modem and a communications package that supports Xmodem data transfers. For more information on using the Xmodem protocol, see the manual for your communications program.

  • Directly connect the Macintosh to the PC with a null modem cable. To do this, you must use the proper cabling pin-outs between the two machines. You can find this information in the reference manual supplied with your computer, or you can purchase it at most computer dealers or book stores. Once the two computers are correctly hooked together, you need to transfer the files using a communications program as described in the previous method.

  • Save the MS-DOS files to an external disk drive that reads MS-DOS formatted disks and connects to your Macintosh’s SCSI port. Two such disk drives are the Apple 5.25-inch drive and the DaynaFile from Dayna Communications. For more information about these products, contact your Apple dealer or call Dayna Communications at

    1. 531-0600.
  • Use the DOS Mounter INIT program to read and write to DOS-formatted disks. For more information about this program, call Dayna Communications at (801) 531-0600.

  • Install an AppleTalk card in your PC to transfer the files over a network. You also need a software package, such as Microsoft Mail or TOPS, that allows the computers to communicate.

Additional reference words: d_word w_winword textconv

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