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
( http://www.ravantivirus.com/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
- ThinkFree Office 2.1
( http://www.thinkfree.com/ )
Cost: US $49.95
30-day trial subscription available
ThinkFree Office can effortlessly opens, edits and saves
documents in Microsoft Office formats.
- MacLinkPlus Deluxe by DataViz Inc.
( http://www.dataviz.com/products/maclinkplus/index.html )
Cost: US$ 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
( http://www.stone.com/DOCtor/ )
Converts MS Word .doc files into PostScript, which can
then be converted to PDF files.
Free program to convert MS Word documents to text files.
Hope this helps.
If you need any clarifications, just ask!
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