WD: How to Obtain a Word 6.x/7.0 Converter for MacWord 5.x Users

ID: q105319

The information in this article applies to:


If you are using Word 5.x for the Macintosh, you need a converter to read documents that were created in any of the following versions of Word:

Word 5.x users that don't have access to Word 6.0 for the Macintosh, can obtain this converter by ordering or downloading the Word 6.0 Converter Kit (for Word 5.x for the Macintosh users).

Alternatively, if a complete installation of Word 6.0 exists on the same Macintosh computer as Word 5.x, the converter is immediately available for installation and use with Word 5.x.

For information on obtaining and installing the converter, see the appropriate section below.

Obtaining the Word 6.x/7.0 Converter Kit for Word 5.x for the Macintosh

The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Software Library:

 ~ Mswrd67.hqx (size: 208791 bytes) 

For more information about downloading files from the Microsoft Software Library, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

   ARTICLE-ID: Q119591
   TITLE     : How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services

- If you are unable to access the source listed above, you can order
   the converter by returning the Supplemental Offers coupon included in
   your Word 6.0 for the Macintosh package. Alternatively, you can have
   the converter mailed to you by calling the Microsoft Order Desk at
   (800) 360-7561 and requesting the Microsoft Word 6.0 Converter
   Kit (for Word 5.x for the Macintosh Users). If you are outside the
   United States, contact the Microsoft subsidiary for your area. To locate
   your subsidiary, see the Microsoft World Wide Offices Web site at:


   NOTE: Because the Microsoft Web site is constantly updated, the site
   address may change without notice. If this occurs, link to the Microsoft
   home page at the following address:


Installing the Converter as Supplied with Word 6.0 for the Macintosh

1. Quit Microsoft Word if it is running on your Macintosh.

2. Copy the file "Word 6.0 for Windows&Macintosh" from the Microsoft folder

   existing at the same level as your Word 6.0 folder to the Word Commands
   subfolder in your Word 5.x folder. If this file is not available, run
   Word 6.0 Setup again to install the converter and repeat step 2.

3. Move the file "Word 6.0 for Windows/Macintosh" to the trash if it
   exists in the Word Commands folder. This similarly named file is an
   earlier version of the converter that can only interpret Word 6.0 for
   Windows documents.

4. Restart Word 5.x. The converter should now be properly installed.


Although the converter is called "Word 6.0 for Windows&Macintosh" and the Word 7.0 file is referenced as Word 6.0 for Windows during conversion, the converter is the correct one to use when converting Word 7.0 for Windows files.

This kit is not required to open Word 5.x for the Macintosh files into Word 6.0 and 7.0 for Windows or Word 6.0 for the Macintosh. Both programs recognize and interpret Word 5.x for the Macintosh format automatically.

Those formatting features in Word 6.0 or 7.0 that do not exist in Word 5.0 or 5.1 for the Macintosh are not retained in conversion. A list of converter limitations is included in the file "Word 6.0 Conversion Information," which is installed with the converter.

If you have questions about installing or using the converter, in the United States call Product Support Services at (425) 635-7200 between 6:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. Pacific time. Outside the United States, contact your local Microsoft subsidiary.

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Version           : MACINTOSH: 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 6.0.1; WINDOWS: 6.0, 6.0a, 6.0c, 7.0, 7.0a
Platform          : MACINTOSH WINDOWS
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Last Reviewed: February 4, 1998