Microsoft KB Archive/48449
Converting Files from Word for DOS 4.0 to Mac Word 3.x PSS ID Number: Q48449 Article last modified on 08-08-1993 PSS database name: APpsConV
3.00 3.01 3.02
|The information in this article applies to:|
|- Microsoft Word for the Macintosh versions 3.0, 3.01, and 3.02|
The following is a description of how to transfer files from Microsoft Word for DOS version 4.0 and Microsoft Word for the Macintosh versions 3.x, 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.
Word for DOS 4.0 to Word for the Macintosh 3.x File Conversion
- Open the document in Word for DOS, choose Transfer from the Command menu, then choose Save.
- In the “filename:” field, type the pathname and document name.
- Press ENTER.
- If there is a style sheet, choose Gallery from the Command menu, choose Transfer, and then Save. In the “filename:” field, type the pathname and document name, then press ENTER.
- Transfer the file to the Macintosh environment.
- Start up the Word for the Macintosh program and choose Open from the File menu.
- Select the DOS file and click the Open button.
- When asked if there is a style sheet with this document, click Yes or No depending on whether or not the document has a style sheet. If you click Yes, select the MS-DOS style sheet and click Open.
Items that Transfer
The following is a list of formats that transfer between Word for DOS 4.0 to Word for the Macintosh 3.x:
- All caps
- Character size
- Double underline
- Single underline
- Small caps
Please note the following:
- Double underline may not be visible if line spacing is negative.
- 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.
- Superscript and subscript transfer only at the 6-point size.
- Centered paragraphs
- Flush left
- Flush right
- Keep lines together
- Keep with next paragraph
- Line spacing
- Tab leaders
Please note the following:
- All tabs transfer except for the vertical tab.
- Dotted and shadowed borders transfer as a single border.
- Column spacing
- Even and odd headers/footers
- First page headers/footers
- First page special
- Header and footer position
- Normal headers and footers
- Number of columns
- Page number position
- Page number styles
- Section start
Note: The left indent of all headers and footers shifts 1.25 inches to the left.
- Page number from
- Paper size
- Date stamp
- Footnote reference marks
- Hard spaces
- International quotes
- Manual page breaks
- Non-breaking hyphens
- Optional hyphens
- Page number stamp
- Section marks
- Soft returns
- Style sheets
- Time Stamps
Note: Only DOS Word 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 bookstores. Once the two computers are correctly hooked up, you need to transfer the files using a communications program, as described in the method above.
Save the MS-DOS files to an external disk drive that reads MS-DOS formatted disks and hooks up 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
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.
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Copyright Microsoft Corporation 1993.