Some time ago I was asked to produce a batch converter for Works WPS format documents to DOCX format, and this page hosted the results of that exercise. Since then I have been asked a number of times to make the converter work for Word 97-2003 DOC format. The add-in has been completely re-written to permit either conversion.
Extract the template from the zip file and save it in the Word startup folder, which by default can be located (in English language versions of Windows) as a hidden folder at the following address - %appdata%\Microsoft\Word\STARTUP.
Copy and paste or type this string into the address bar of your Windows Explorer). Alternatively run the self extracting zip file which will install the add-in in the default folder.
The add-in will place a button on the add-ins tab. The add-ins tab is only displayed when there are add-ins present.
Note: This utility will only run in Word 2010 and Word 2013 and features some code that is not compatible with Word 2007. If you attempt to run it in Word 2007 you will get a warning message and the function will stop.
Word 2010/13 are quite capable of opening both Word 97-2003 DOC format and Works WPS document format from Works versions 6 to 9 (and with the aid of an add-on converter, linked from the downloads page of this site, earlier Works versions also).
It is my considered view that there is no need to batch convert old documents, but this tool will allow you to do so if you wish. Because there are differences in formatting between different document types, the tool does not delete the original documents, but creates the new ones in the same folder.
While it would be possible to set the macro code to work on the complete hard drive, this could create problems - particularly on drives that contain the Windows operating system. I have therefore blocked the ability to process sub folders when the root folder is selected for processing.
When clicked the macro will test for the Word version and then displays the following disclaimer text, which is common to all the add-ins from this site:
The disclaimer text will appear every time the application is run, but you can hide it by checking the box at the bottom of the main dialog.
Close the dialog to reveal the following.
Note that the 'Continue' button will not be available until selections have been made.
Click the 'Select the Document Folder' button and the following dialog is displayed.
Navigate to the required folder and click 'OK'. The main dialog re-appears and the selected folder is displayed across the centre of the form. There is sufficient space on two lines to cope with long path names. If this label indicates the wrong folder, you can change it. You can also select the file type that you wish to convert, and you may check the box to process the sub folders beneath the chosen folder.
If you choose 'Continue', the macro will then proceed to search and open invisibly any Word 97-2003 documents or Works WPS format documents it finds (according to the settings made on the form), which it will save as a Word 2010 DOCX Document format (or in the case of DOC format documents containing macros as DOTM macro enabled document format). Where sub-folders have been selected, the macro will take some time to run.
If any of the documents are password protected against opening, you will be prompted for the password. If you do not know the password click 'Cancel' or 'OK', If you click cancel or enter the wrong password the document is skipped and the fact is logged in a document.
No documents are opened visibly and the log file will only be displayed if any password protected documents are skipped, otherwise it is discarded.
The log document is NOT automatically saved during the process, but left on screen to deal with as you wish.
To process Works documents, the add-in requires the Works converter to be installed prior to running the macro. Word 2010 comes with a converter that will open recent versions of Works WPS format. Older Works file versions require earlier converters which you can download from the downloads page of this site.
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