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How to save Word files from an iMac so PC users can read them? (1 Viewer)

Jack Briggs

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Question says it all.

I have a freelance client who works from the PC platform. And I've tried saving Word files from my iMac to the earliest-possible version in the hopes the people on the PCs can access them. They can't. What to do?

Thanks.
 

DonRoeber

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What version of Word on the Mac are you using? Word 98 up till current all can save in standard MS Office Format without any extra doing. Just be sure to add a .doc extension to the filename.
 

Pamela

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When I use Office98, I save the document as Word 6.0/95. This way I make sure they can open it. I mostly work in Office X, so I don't have to do anything other than hit save. Piece o' cake!
 

Michael*K

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Like Don said, the most important thing is to place the .doc at the end of the filename (with no other periods preceding it in the filename), since Windows uses file extensions to identify the application creator.
 

TedE

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My wife has to do this for school. She leaves my old G3 Powerbook (Office98) at school and brings all her files home on a Zip to load onto our home PC (Win2KPro, OfficeXP), and then puts the modified one back onto the Mac at school. I was amazed to find that the only format that seems to work both ways and maintain formatting important to her outlines was Word 2.x. This was only really a problem going Mac -> PC; the Mac will recognize any old .doc file with no problem.

I looked into some 3rd party conversion programs for Macs -> PC, but it wasn't worth the cost
 

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