How to Open AppleWorks CWK Files in Office for Mac

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How to Open AppleWorks CWK Files in Office for Mac
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AppleWorks was an all-in-one office software package for the Macintosh computer (which should not be confused with the earlier AppleWorks for the Apple // series of computers), which was replaced by the iWork office suite. AppleWorks files are saved with an extension of CWK, and may need conversion before they can be opened in Office for Mac.

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    Open the CWK file in a copy of AppleWorks, if you still have access to that application. AppleWorks included multiple types of documents under this format, including word processing, database and spreadsheet. This is the best way to determine what data is included in the file. AppleWorks can be copied or installed to newer Macs without difficulty. It will run as a "Rosetta" application on Intel Macintoshes.

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    Save the file as a Word .doc or Excel .xls file, Rich Text Format (RTF), or as plain text, any of which can be opened in Office.

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    Open the file in iWork if possible. iWork can natively understand some AppleWorks file formats. If you do not have a copy of iWork, download the trial version. Again, save the file as a Word .doc file or Excel .xls file, Rich Text Format (RTF), or as plain text to open the file in Office.

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    Convert the CWK into another format with a conversion utility, such as Panergy Software's OneClickConvert.

Tips and warnings

  • An Apple Store or Apple authorised reseller may have copies of AppleWorks and iWork on hand, and can help you through the conversion process with their software.

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