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Lotus 1-2-3 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 opening Lotus 1-2-3 version 2.x and 3.x spreadsheet files into Word 6.0 for Windows.

Features that are converted completely are not listed. Only features that are not converted or require some comment are included.

Note: An updated Lotus 1-2-3 converter that adds support for Lotus 1-2-3 version 4.x is now available separately. For additional information, please see the following article(s) in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

Q124871 Lotus 1-2-3 Converter Update Available for WinWord 6.0

Lotus 1-2-3
Feature                     Comments
-----------                 --------


  Font                      All Lotus 1-2-3 data is formatted as 10-point
                            Courier font.

  Numeric formatting        Lotus 1-2-3 tries to fit numbers in General
                            format into the current column width. When
                            converted, these numbers are brought in at
                            their full precision. Therefore, you may see
                            more decimal places in Word 6.0 than you did
                            in your worksheet.

Worksheet Size:

  Less than 32 columns      A table is created in Word 6.0.

  More than 32 columns      The worksheet is represented in Word 6.0 as
  or wider than 22 inches   tab-delimited text.


  Ranges                    The converter displays a dialog box asking you
                            to choose from a list of range names. Type in
                            a Lotus 1-2-3 range (for example, b2..g43),
                            choose an existing range name (for example,
                            my_data), or press ENTER to convert the entire

                            Note that three-dimensional range names are
                            supported correctly, but explicit 3-D range
                            definitions (for example, a:a1..c:c5) are not

  Password                  If the worksheet is password protected, you
                            will be asked to enter the password. Note that
                            you may have to reenter the password when
                            beginning a print merge operation. Password-
                            protected files created in Lotus 1-2-3 version
                            3.x cannot be converted.

  Empty files               Empty worksheets are imported into Word 6.0 as
                            a single empty cell. 


The Lotus 1-2-3 converter functions in one direction only. Data can be brought into Word 6.0 from Lotus 1-2-3 files but not saved in Lotus 1-2-3 format.

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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