How to Open Wordstar Docs With MS Word

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How to Open Wordstar Docs With MS Word
WordStar files may be opened in Microsoft Word after installing a conversion pack. (computer image by Hao Wang from Fotolia.com)

MicroPro International's word processing program, WordStar, was a competitor to other word processing programs, including Microsoft Word and WordPerfect. Now that WordStar is defunct, users must open their WordStar files on newer word processing programs. Those wishing to open these files in Microsoft Word must install a converter, available from Microsoft's website. After conversion, users may edit and save the files to their desktops without any conversion errors.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download the WordStar converter pack for Microsoft Word (a link is provided in the Resource section). Save the file, which is labelled wdsupcv.eve, to your desktop and double-click to open it.

  2. 2

    Open the directory containing text converters by running this string: "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Textconv." Run the string by clicking "Start" and then "Run" in older versions of Windows. Paste the string by right-clicking and selecting "Paste." Then select "Run." In Windows 7, click "Start" and paste the string in the box entitled "Search programs and files." Do not click "Search"; wait for the folder titled "TextConv" to appear and double-click it.

  3. 3

    Copy and paste the files from wdsupcv.eve into the directory. With your mouse, drag and left-click over the files. Once highlighted, right-click and select "Copy." In the directory, right-click and select "Paste."

  4. 4

    Locate the old WordStar text file, right-click it and select "Open As." Select Microsoft Word to open the file.

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