.doc files won't open

  drbes 19:14 27 Mar 2005

W98SE & MSWorks6 on computer. Some files I am sent by email are .doc files and sometimes I cannot open them. Sometimes they open in notepad or I get error message that wordpad cannot open the files. Computer is set for wordpad to open .doc files. Any suggestions as to why this should happen?

  TomJerry 19:22 27 Mar 2005

if you do not have MS Word, you can get free alternative, openoffice click here, it does almost everything microsoft office can do

  VoG II 19:23 27 Mar 2005

Won't they open in Works?

  drbes 21:18 27 Mar 2005

.doc files will not open in MSWorks6 as there's no Word in that. It should open in Wordpad but although set to do so it doesn't. Some .doc files do open in notepad but if the file is too large for notepad it won't open. I wondered if this was one of those Microsoft things where they take bits of some programmes and shove them together to make MSWorks - bits are sometimes left out in various versions. Maybe I should upgrade to a newer version of Works that does have Word included?

  VoG II 21:26 27 Mar 2005

Sorry I thought Word was part of Works.

It is in the newer versions. click here

  howard60 21:32 27 Mar 2005

you can download a free word viewer from ms office

  drbes 21:42 27 Mar 2005

I think I will have to upgrade to MSWorks 8. I like all my old programmes from W95 & W98 days as they are simple to use and I am happy with them but I guess time has moved on and I will have to catch up and upgrade things - especially as the computer has been totally rebuilt and upgraded [only the old floppy and zip drive still in the new one]. Thanks for all your help.

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