Opening WordPerfect Documents using Word

Microsoft Word for Windows can be used to open Wordperfect documents even if you don't have WordPerfect installed on your computer. Unfortunately any changes you make can only be saved in Word format, so if you're collaborating with someone who uses WordPerfect you'll probably want to use the actual WordPerfect program instead. (WordPerfect is available on Winstat.) However, if you just need to read WordPerfect documents then this solution allows you to do so on your own computer.

Mac Users: The Mac version of Microsoft Word cannot open WordPerfect documents. You can use WordPerfect on Winstat to open WordPerfect documents and then save them in Word format for later use on your Mac.

To make all WordPefect documents open in Microsoft Word on your computer:

  1. Locate any WordPerfect document. If you do not have Wordperfect installed on your computer, the file icon will probably look like a white rectangle and you will be able to see the .wpd extension at the end of the file name. Right click on the document and choose Properties.
  2. In the Properties window, make sure you're on the General tab and click the Change button next to Opens with. A new window will open with a list of programs on your computer.
  3. Select Microsoft Word. Make sure Always use the selected program to open this kind of file is checked. Optionally type a short description, like WordPerfect Document. When you're done, click OK.
Open with Microsoft Word


You'll know it worked when the icon for the document changes to the Word icon. From now on, any WordPerfect documents you double-click on will open in Word automatically.

If Microsoft Word does not appear in the list, click Browse to be taken to the default location where programs are installed on your computer, usually C:\Program Files. Open C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OfficeXX (where XX is the version number of Office you have installed) and choose WINWORD.EXE. If it's not there, look under C:\Program Files (x86). If you still can't find it (and you know Word is installed on your computer) contact the Help Desk for assistance.

Last Revised: 10/31/2011