In this tutorial we will look at how to go about converting your .wps files to .doc or .docx files when you don’t have Microsoft Works installed . WPS files were the default file format for Microsoft Works Word Processor (versions 6.0 – 9.0) which has now been discontinued.
Download the Microsoft Works 6-9 File Converter. This will allow you to open, edit, and save documents in the Works Word Processor file format supported by Works versions 6, 7, 8 and 9. The converter is supported by the below operating systems:
- Windows 2000 Service Pack 3
- Windows Server 2003
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP
Open a blank page in MS Word (in my case Office 2007) and click on the round ribbon at the top left
Browse to the .wps file that you wish to convert to either .doc or .docx and click Open
Word will now open the .wps file for you. Now simply go back up to the ribbon at the top, and choose Save As>Word Document (or just press CTRL+S)
This will save your file to the default file format (in the case of Office 2007-2010 it will be .docx) If you prefer to save the file as .doc or another file type (such as .pdf) then click on the ribbon and choose Save As>Other formats and in the Save As window that opens, select the file type you want to save to in the drop down box next to Save as type.
Now let’s look at a way to get all .wps files to open in Word by default. To do this either double-click on the file and choose Select the program from a list
or just right-click on the file and choose Open with>Choose program. In either way you will then be presented with the optional programs capable of opening the file. In this case choose MS Word, check the box at the bottom that says Always use the selected program to open this kind of file and then hit OK.
You should then see the file icon for the .wps file change to show that it is now associated with the MS Word program.