How to open a Microsoft .wps or Works file in Word

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

Microsoft WordTo view a Microsoft Works .wps file in Microsoft Word, you need a converter that enables Microsoft Word to view the files.

Microsoft provides a free file called WorksConv.exe that is compatible with Microsoft Word 2000 and later, allowing you to open Microsoft Works 6.0 to 9.0 documents.

To open older .wps documents created with Microsoft Works 4.0 or 4.5, Microsoft provides Wks4Converter_en-US.msi.

We recommend downloading and installing both of these files.

Tip: Microsoft Word 2013 is capable of opening Microsoft Works 6.0 to 9.0 documents by default. However, you will still need to download and install the Wks4Converter_en-US.msi file to open Microsoft Works 4.0 or 4.5 documents.

Once these files have been downloaded, follow the steps listed below.

  1. Close any open Microsoft Word window.
  2. Double-click the WorksConv.exe file and follow the prompts to install it. Then, double-click the Wks4Converter_en-US.msi file and follow the prompts to install it as well.
  3. After installing both files, open Microsoft Word.
  4. In Microsoft Word, click File and then click Open. If there is no File menu, click the Microsoft Office button in the top left of the Word window, then click Open.

    Tip: In Word 2013, after clicking the Open option, you need to select Computer, then click Browse.
  5. In the Open window, in the File of type drop-down menu or the unlabeled drop-down menu next to the File name text field, you should now have two or three options: Works 4.x (*.wps), Works 6-9 Document (*.wps), and Works 6.0 (*.wps).
  6. Select the appropriate version of Works for the file you are opening. If you're not sure which version your Works file is, try the Works 6-9 Document (*.wps) option first.
  7. Browse to the location of the Works file you want to open, select the file, then click Open.

After I open the file, it's not formatted properly

Depending on how the Microsoft Works file was created and formatted, you may be able to open it, but it will look strange because the formatting was not converted properly. If this occurs, try opening the file as a different Works version. If this does not work, you'll have to change the formatting manually in Word if you want it to display correctly.

Saving the file as a Word file

If you want to continue to use this file or want to make it compatible with Microsoft Word, follow the steps below.

  1. After the file has been opened and edited, click File and choose Save As. If there is no File menu, click the Microsoft Office button in the top left of the Word window, then click Save As.
  2. In the Save As window, select the location you want to save the file.
  3. Type a name for the file if you want to change it and, in the Save as type drop-down menu, make sure to select Microsoft Word (*.doc).
  4. Click Ok or Save when done.

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