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Subject: Reading a document sent by another computer
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: minkimonk-ga
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Posted: 23 Jan 2003 14:01 PST
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Question ID: 147641
I have received a document that my computer cannot read.  I have 
WordPerfect.  Can you help?

Request for Question Clarification by filian-ga on 23 Jan 2003 16:42 PST

Is it a Microsoft Word document? That would have the extension of .doc
Does it say .txt or .pdf or .rtf ? Or something else? I am sure there
is a way to view it. I look forward to hearing from you and helping
you with this.


Clarification of Question by minkimonk-ga on 24 Jan 2003 05:09 PST
Msg is thru Microsoft and it is in the form of an attachment.  I have
copied to my hard drive, just as "doc".  Minkimonk-ga

Request for Question Clarification by tar_heel_v-ga on 24 Jan 2003 09:36 PST
What is the full filename of the document that is in the email, not
how you have saved it?  I also need the extension, such as .doc, .pdf,

Subject: Re: Reading a document sent by another computer
Answered By: theta-ga on 24 Jan 2003 12:02 PST
Hi minkimonk-ga,
       There are a couple of reasons that a MS Word doc file may not
open on a Mac. But before we check them out, you should make sure that
the file is not a virus. Even though the chances of the virus
affecting a Mac are pretty slim, its better to be safe than sorry.
Here are some steps you can take:
     - If you already have an antivirus installed, then scan the doc
file with it. Make sure that you have updated the antivirus with the
latest virus definitions available.
     - If you do not have a virus scanner installed, try getting the
file scanned by some online virus scanner, such as:
             - RAV AntiVirus Online Virus Scan
               ( )

Once you have made sure that the file is not a virus, lets check out
the reasons the file may not be opening :

 => The file is corrupt.
    In certain cases, errors can occur while uploading and downloading
files on the Internet. Parts of the file may be lost or modified
resulting in a corrupt version of the file reaching you. You shold try
re-downloading the file and then opening it, or you could try asking
the sender to mail you another copy of the file.

 => The file may be unsupported by WordPerfect
    Newer versions of the MS Word doc file cannot be opened by
WordPerfect. In order to open these newer doc files, you need to use
other third party programs. Here are some of the programs that will
meet your need :

       - icWord 2.2  by Panergy-Software
         Cost : US $19.95
         Free Trial : (
         icWord lets you open, view, print, convert and use Word or
AppleWorks files.
       - ThinkFree Office 2.1
         ( )
         Cost: US $49.95
         30-day trial subscription available
         ThinkFree Office can effortlessly opens, edits and saves
documents in Microsoft Office formats.

       - MacLinkPlus Deluxe by DataViz Inc.
         ( )
         Cost: US$ 99.95
         MacLinkPlus allows you to open, view and convert  files from
one format to another. Supports hundreds of Mac and PC formats.

  Also, if you have access to a Mac with OSX installed, you can make
use of the following utilities :
            - DOCtor by Stone Design 
              ( )
              Cost: Free
              Converts MS Word .doc files into PostScript, which can
then be converted to PDF files.

            - AntiWord
              Free program to convert MS Word documents to text files.


Hope this helps.
If you need any clarifications, just ask!


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Subject: Re: Reading a document sent by another computer
From: houstonguy-ga on 23 Jan 2003 14:06 PST
what kind of document is it?...what's the extension(the 3 characters
after the period) filname.ext?
Subject: Re: Reading a document sent by another computer
From: read2live-ga on 23 Jan 2003 22:01 PST
It might also help to know which version of WordPerfect you have.

You could try opening the document with the various options available
/ suggested by WordPerfect, keep trying until you find one which

You might need to get in touch with whoever supplied you the document
and ask for a copy SAVEd AS WordPerfect (specify version x.y) - or as
one of the more simple and portable text forms (.txt and .rtf being
the most common).

Good luck with this one, read2live
Subject: Re: Reading a document sent by another computer
From: hammer-ga on 24 Jan 2003 09:39 PST

BE CAREFUL!!! Microsoft does not normally send out attachments, but
there is a virus circulating that claims to be from Microsoft. Do not
try too hard to open this file until you tell the Researchers what
it's exact name is, so we can make sure it is not a known virus.

- Hammer

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