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Read Word 5 document in 10.12?

zqbobs

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Mar 10, 2009
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I have some old Word files (Word 5, I think), written in mid-1990s, that I can't read in 10.12. Tried current Word, LibreOffice, Pages. Even tried on a PowerBook G4 running 10.5 - no luck. Any tips on how to do this with minimum hassle?
 

chscag

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Feb 17, 2008
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You might be able to open them or at least partially read them with a good text editor. Unless the file or files are messed up, you should be able to read them. I can read Word files from Word 95 and 97 (Windows versions) with my current Mac version of Word (Office 365). Microsoft at one time provided filters that you could use to read old DOS and Mac versions of Word, however, I don't know if those filters are still available. But Google is your friend.... ;)
 
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kohlson

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Apr 23, 2010
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You may try "open" office apps like LibreOffice. My experience in the past is they were more accepting of a wide variety of formats. Free, other than the large download and the time to install.
 
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NoBoMac

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Not surprised re: LibreOffice, as they dropped Word v6 back at v4 of their suite.

Might try OpenOffice, as their app suite is very slow changing, so might have 5 support in it.

If you have Dropbox or some other cloud storage product (aside from iCloud), might upload to it and see if you can view via web site, mobile app.

There used to be an MS Office viewer tool, but do not believe MS offers it any longer. And not sure that it ever supported such an old format.
 
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Jeffois

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Mar 30, 2010
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Dataviz used to have a great conversion program. I forget what it was called. It’s old enough that I’m not even sure if it would run on the machine running 10.5. But that might be a way to go.
 
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