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Microsoft KB Archive/157085

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WD97: Limitations of Converting WordPerfect 5.x Documents

Article ID: 157085

Article Last Modified on 1/19/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q157085


The WordPerfect 5.x converter included with Word 97 is designed to take advantage of features and conversion capabilities specifically available in Word 97. For best results converting to and from Word 97, use the WordPerfect 5.x converter that comes with Word 97.

Converting a file from Word format to WordPerfect format and back again may cause the loss of some formatting (for example, fonts, justification, styles, and mail merge) unless you load, paginate, and save the converted file in WordPerfect before converting back to Word.


The following table lists features that are not completely converted, are not supported on one product or the other, or that require some comment.

The key is as follows:

   Yes   The feature is converted from one product to the other
   No    The feature is not completely converted from one product to the
   N/S   The feature is not supported in one of the products.
               Word 97 to         WordPerfect 5.x
 Features      WordPerfect 5.x    to Word 97         Comments
 All caps      Yes                 N/S               All caps formatting
                                                     becomes all capital
 Hidden        Yes                 N/S               Hidden text in Word
                                                     becomes WordPerfect
                                                     comment text.
 Strikethrough See comment         See comment       WordPerfect strikeout
                                                     becomes strikethrough
                                                     formatting in Word and
                                                     vice versa;
                                                     redlining becomes
                                                     tracked changes in
                                                     Word and vice versa.
 Underlining   Yes                 Yes               Underlining format is
                                                     preserved, but the
                                                     of underlining may be
 Spacing       No                  N/S
 Kerning       Yes                 Yes
 Alignment     Yes                 Yes               Centering codes may
                                                     have to be
                                                     repositioned in
                                                     WordPerfect after
 First-line    Yes                 Yes               First-line indents are
 indents                                             created with tabs in
 Page Break    Yes                 N/S               Approximated with a
 Before                                              page break in
 Space         Yes                 N/S               Approximated with
                                                     blank before/after
                                                     paragraph lines in
 Tab leaders   See comment         Yes               From WordPerfect to
                                                     Word, the dot, dash
                                                     and underscore tab
                                                     leaders convert to the
                                                     same in Word. All
                                                     other WordPerfect tab
                                                     leaders convert to dot
                                                     leaders in Word.
 Leading/      N/S                 No
 [Center]/     N/S                 See comment       From WordPerfect to
 [Flsh Rgt]                                          Word, Center and Flush
 codes                                               Right codes convert to
                                                     center- and right-
                                                     aligned tab stops.
 Widow control Yes                 Yes
 Margins       Yes                 Yes               Word margins are
                                                     measured from the
                                                     paper's edge to body
                                                     text; WordPerfect
                                                     margins are measured
                                                     from the edge to the
                                                     header. The conversion
                                                     adjusts the margins as
                                                     needed to preserve
                                                     page layout.
 Newspaper     Yes                 Yes
 Parallel      N/S                 See comment       From WordPerfect to
 columns                                             Word, parallel columns
                                                     convert to tables. If
                                                     a parallel column
                                                     layout contains a
                                                     page-anchored box, the
                                                     entire parallel column
                                                     layout is converted to
                                                     newspaper columns.
 Tables        Yes                 Yes               Vertical merging of
                                                     cells is not
 Table         No                  No
 Decimal       N/S               See comment         From WordPerfect to
 table cell                                          Word, decimal table
 alignment                                           cell alignment is
                                                     converted to right
                                                     paragraph alignment.
 Default       No                Yes
 tab stops
 Footnotes     Yes               Yes                 Endnotes placed at the
                                                     end of sections in
                                                     are placed at the end
                                                     of the document in
                                                     WordPerfect because
                                                     WordPerfect doesn't
                                                     have sections.
                                                     Restarted numbers and
                                                     separators are not
                                                     converted. Custom
                                                     footnote marks in Word
                                                     are added to automatic
                                                     numbering in
 Gutter        Yes               Yes
 paper size
 Comments      Yes               N/S                 Word comments become
                                                     WordPerfect comment
 Outline,      Yes               Yes                 WordPerfect paragraph
 paragraph                                           numbers convert to
                                                     Word numbering,
                                                     sequence fields by
 Word 7.0 Lists                                      Word's automatically
                                                     lists convert to
                                                     paragraph numbers. To
                                                     convert WordPerfect
                                                     paragraph numbers to
                                                     plain text, set this
                                                     option in the registry
                                                     No using the
 Print merge   Yes               Yes                 Word data source
 commands                                            documents can be
                                                     either tab or comma
                                                     delimited or in table
                                                     format to convert to
                                                     WordPerfect. Word
                                                     automatically converts
                                                     WordPerfect secondary
                                                     files to Word data
                                                     source document
                                                     format. Conditional
                                                     print merge constructs
                                                     and macros are lost
                                                     when converting to
 Date/time     Yes               Yes                 Default formats only.
 Subdocuments  Yes               Yes
 (INCLUDE field)
 Equations     No                No
 Extended      Yes               See comment         From WordPerfect to
 characters                                          Word, not all extended
                                                     characters are
 Text boxes,   Yes               Yes                 Some text boxes and
 lines                                               lines convert to Word
                                                     drawing layer objects.
                                                     Drawing layer objects
                                                     are visible only in
                                                     page layout view, in
                                                     print preview, and
                                                     when printed. Drawing
                                                     layer objects do not
                                                     appear in normal view.
 Line draw     Yes               Yes                 WordPerfect line draw
                                                     characters are
                                                     converted; however,
                                                     Word line spacing
                                                     causes gaps to appear
                                                     between line draw
                                                     characters on
                                                     successive lines. To
                                                     correct this problem
                                                     for printing, set line
                                                     spacing to equal the
                                                     current font point
 Macros        No                No
 PRIVATE       N/S               See comment         From WordPerfect to
 field codes                                         Word, PRIVATE fields
                                                     are inserted by the
                                                     converter to preserve
                                                     information needed to
                                                     accurately save the
                                                     file back to
                                                     WordPerfect format.
                                                     These fields shouldn't
                                                     be edited and have no
                                                     effect on the
 Styles        Yes               See comment         From WordPerfect to
                                                     Word, styles con-
                                                     paragraph formatting
                                                     codes convert to
                                                     paragraph styles.
                                                     WordPerfect styles
                                                     containing only
                                                     character formatting
                                                     convert to character
                                                     styles in Word. Text
                                                     contained in a style
                                                     is converted as normal
                                                     text. Other features,
                                                     such as tables,
                                                     graphics, and so on,
                                                     are retained in
                                                     documents but are not
                                                     given Word styles.
 Document      See Comment       See Comment         WordPerfect can assign
 Titles\                                             a Descriptive Name to
 Descriptive                                         a file; much like Word
 Names                                               can assign a Title.
                                                     Word imports the
                                                     Descriptive Name into
                                                     the document Title
                                                     property and exports
                                                     the document Title
                                                     property into a
                                                     Descriptive Name.

Additional query words: conversion converts converting transferred transferring transfers import export textconv WordPerfect wpft 6.x 5.2 5.1 5.0 5.x

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