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Any recommendations for recovering/converting a 1995 .doc?
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: September 17, 2019 11:33AM
I pulled up an old manuscript over the weekend, hasn't been changed since the last time I hit Save in Word 4.0. The text does appear to still be in there, but I get formatting soup in every current application I've tried.

Anybody have a recommendation? I can fire up an old MacOS box and do a conversion to plain text if I have to, but I'd rather not have to.
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Re: Any recommendations for recovering/converting a 1995 .doc?
Posted by: GGD
Date: September 17, 2019 11:35AM
Although I have no experience using this, the most common answer that comes up with old word (and AppleWorks) documents is to try LibreOffice.
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Re: Any recommendations for recovering/converting a 1995 .doc?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: September 17, 2019 12:29PM
What about a general/generic text app, like BBEdit or CotEditor? or something like Bean?



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Re: Any recommendations for recovering/converting a 1995 .doc?
Posted by: Acer
Date: September 17, 2019 12:45PM
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GGD
Although I have no experience using this, the most common answer that comes up with old word (and AppleWorks) documents is to try LibreOffice.

Try this. I got it to open an AppleWorks database even, at least well enough to copy out the data.

But I'd even try the current version of Office. MS is much less cranky than Apple about supporting old formats of their own stuff.
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Re: Any recommendations for recovering/converting a 1995 .doc?
Posted by: clay
Date: September 17, 2019 12:48PM
what about using something like this: [www.zamzar.com] to convert the doc to PDF (or docx) and then trying to see if that was able to save your formatting? Might be a "magic" combo that would bring formatting forward.
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Re: Any recommendations for recovering/converting a 1995 .doc?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: September 17, 2019 12:58PM
Zamzar was successful in a previous thread about M$ Works.

Here is a thread about Word files. Convert very old MS Word file to modern word? [forums.macresource.com]



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Re: Any recommendations for recovering/converting a 1995 .doc?
Posted by: Forrest
Date: September 17, 2019 01:19PM
I believe the version of TextEdit that shipped with OSX10.6.x could convert old Word .doc files to Word 2007 .docx files.

TextEdit in OSX 10.13.x does NOT have this feature.
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Re: Any recommendations for recovering/converting a 1995 .doc?
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: September 17, 2019 01:46PM
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Forrest
I believe the version of TextEdit that shipped with OSX10.6.x could convert old Word .doc files to Word 2007 .docx files.

TextEdit in OSX 10.13.x does NOT have this feature.

Shoot, in that case the OP can PM it to me & I'll reboot into 10.6.8 for 'em.
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Re: Any recommendations for recovering/converting a 1995 .doc?
Posted by: space-time
Date: September 17, 2019 01:54PM
Does Google Docs handle old documents?
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Re: Any recommendations for recovering/converting a 1995 .doc?
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: September 17, 2019 03:40PM
LibreOffice fixed it on the first try. Thanks, everybody.

(This is quite a relief; I'm prepping a book for a 25th Anniversary digital re-release version, and got scared my old copy wouldn't be recoverable.)
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Re: Any recommendations for recovering/converting a 1995 .doc?
Posted by: sekker
Date: September 17, 2019 11:36PM
I wonder what didn't work. I have a TON of files in .doc format.

Pages used to read .doc files better than Office...
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Re: Any recommendations for recovering/converting a 1995 .doc?
Posted by: wowzer
Date: September 18, 2019 07:30AM
STF! I did this a few months back.

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Re: Any recommendations for recovering/converting a 1995 .doc?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: September 18, 2019 03:36PM
AppleWorks

AppleWorks!

I loved that app.

For report writing at work, I had to use Word for Windows.

Not a fan.

I understand that AppleWorks had limitations and was not a true global app, but loved it all the same.




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Re: Any recommendations for recovering/converting a 1995 .doc?
Posted by: sekker
Date: September 18, 2019 06:13PM
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RAMd®d
AppleWorks

AppleWorks!

I loved that app.

For report writing at work, I had to use Word for Windows.

Not a fan.

I understand that AppleWorks had limitations and was not a true global app, but loved it all the same.

It's child, Claris Impact, was software that is still unparalleled today.
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