Updating Microsoft Word

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reisner
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Updating Microsoft Word

Post by reisner » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:25 pm

I have written and published a lot (classical scholarship, travel, myth, book reviews, fiction), although not much recently. Nevertheless, I have a large data file of documents in Microsoft Word that I am pushing with agents and publishers and that I fear might become inaccessible via updates of one sort or another, either of hardware or software. Right now I am hesitating to take the free upgrade from Mac's High Sierra to Mojave. And down the road I can see myself in a quandry over whether to buy a new MacBook Air or the large-screen iPad Pro. (Any reports from writers on the usefulness of this latter?)

How safe am I and will I be? I am currently running Mac's 10.13.6 and Microsoft Office 2008--don't laugh, some of the files in Word go back a further ten years in format. For the record, I tried Apple's Pages and found it awful. Where should I turn for help? The Genius Bar has been useless, and as a retiree I am cut free from the technical support at my university.

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Re: Updating Microsoft Word

Post by JBTX » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:40 pm

You are probably fine, but it looks like you can upgrade to office 2016 license pretty cheaply

Or also convert them to pdf.

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Re: Updating Microsoft Word

Post by bob60014 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:46 pm

Libre Office , open source and compatible with most word and office products.

https://www.libreoffice.org

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Re: Updating Microsoft Word

Post by LittleGreenSoldiers » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:51 pm

Microsoft subscription to Office 365 is reasonable but a recurring annual cost.
I am a Mac user as well for work but run LibreOffice on home Linux desktop for free.
You could give the Mac version a try and see if your older file formats are supported.

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Re: Updating Microsoft Word

Post by TimeRunner » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:54 pm

You can always upload them to Google Docs. Digital files are like a cold - you can keep them for yourself AND give them away. :beer
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Post by PFInterest » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:55 pm

Updating macos has nothing to do with that.

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Re: Updating Microsoft Word

Post by DiamondplateDave » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:01 pm

If you still have an .edu email address you may be eligible for either a free or educational priced version of Office.
In my experience, Office will usually open documents made by previous versions. The reverse is not true, often the new version saves files by default in some form older versions cannot open.
Most of the problems with text files are not with the text; they are with the formatting. Re-formatting a small document is a pain; re-formatting a large quantity is barely possible. I would recommend you examine what suffixes your files have. As someone said, saving them as .pdf files might be a good solution.

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Re: Updating Microsoft Word

Post by bklyn96 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:34 pm

Get the free trial of Office 365—you can check to be sure your documents are supported.

I have Office 365 and the Word file open pull-down includes, among others, the following:

All Word Documents
Word Documents
Word Macro-Enabled Documents
Word 97-2003 Documents
All Word Templates
Word Templates
Word Macro-Enabled Templates
Word 97-2003 Templates

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Re: Updating Microsoft Word

Post by 2015 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:59 pm

bob60014 wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:46 pm
Libre Office , open source and compatible with most word and office products.

https://www.libreoffice.org
+1
Excellent free replacement and gets you away from Microsoft.

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Re: Updating Microsoft Word

Post by ragabnh » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:19 am

Would office 365 open wordperfect documents?

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Re: Updating Microsoft Word

Post by bklyn96 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:36 am

ragabnh wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:19 am
Would office 365 open wordperfect documents?
Yes, WordPerfect 5.x and WordPerfect 6.x are options on the file open pull-down

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Re: Updating Microsoft Word

Post by mmcmonster » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:02 am

You should have absolutely no problem updating to the latest version of MacOS. It's strongly recommended to stay on the latest version of both your OS and your applications to keep up with security updates.

That being said, Libreoffice really is a fantastic replacement office product. I've noticed that in many cases it gives better (closer formatting to the original) import of Word Perfect and Microsoft Word documents than later versions of Microsoft Word.

Since Libreoffice is free, try downloading it and seeing if it meets your needs before signing on for the recurring charges of Microsoft Office365.

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Re: Updating Microsoft Word

Post by reisner » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:06 pm

Thanks for all the helpful responses. I will try as many as I can. And any thoughts on whther the top iPad can replace MacBook Air for a writer (and non-games-player)?

All the best,
Rob

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Re: Updating Microsoft Word

Post by F150HD » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:11 pm

Anything I create in Word now, I also duplicate and save as a PDF as sure enough in a year or few if I need to edit in an upgraded version of the program, it just doesn't work that well.

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Post by c.coyle » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:45 am

Save a copy of your documents in the universally supported Rich Text Format. .rtf extension. I have yet to encounter any word processor that can't open .rtf documents.
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Re: Updating Microsoft Word

Post by jucor » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:04 am

reisner wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:06 pm
Thanks for all the helpful responses. I will try as many as I can. And any thoughts on whther the top iPad can replace MacBook Air for a writer (and non-games-player)?

All the best,
Rob
IMHO it can -- with the proviso that I'd use a Bluetooth keyboard with it, as typing on the screen, although doable for short stints, lacks the tactile response i'm used to and so is far more prone to errors, etc, plus it is not very ergonomic. An iPad propped up at an appropriate height as a monitor and a Bluetooth keyboard would work well.

Not sure you'd be very far off from a MB Air in cost or size, though...

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Re: Updating Microsoft Word

Post by reisner » Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:48 pm

I am saving everything in pdf. Should I also save in rich text format?

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Re: Updating Microsoft Word

Post by c.coyle » Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:35 pm

reisner wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:48 pm
I am saving everything in pdf. Should I also save in rich text format?
I would say only if you may want to use them later for pasting text from them into new docs . For archival records, .pdf works for me.
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Re: Updating Microsoft Word

Post by reisner » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:11 pm

Well, then, if I needed to paste, I suppose I could save that pdf into rich text.

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Re: Updating Microsoft Word

Post by KyleAAA » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:23 pm

Either switch to the cloud version of Office or give LibreOffice a try, although LibreOffice suffers from the same problems as the non-cloud version of Office. Google Docs is also an option for new documents going forward. Office365 is quite cheap.

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