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can LibreOffice open WordPerfect Office x5

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I have information that I need to transfer from an old XP machine using WordPerfect Office x5 that I need to access on a Windows 10 with LibreOffice. Can I do it and transfer to the new machine using LibreOffice?

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WordPerfect Office can "save as" any of its documents in a variety of proprietary formats, including several Microsoft Word and Excel versions, and others. You could use WPO X5 on the old XP machine to save your information in one of those other formats, store it on a thumb drive, then open it with LO on the new Win 10 machine. Some of the original formatting might be lost, but at least you would have your information on the Win 10 machine.

ve3oat gravatar imageve3oat ( 2018-02-24 04:43:15 +0200 )edit

As ve3oat said. In my experience, you'll get the best results using .DOC (Word 97-2003) (not DOCX), or RTF as the "transfer" format.

David gravatar imageDavid ( 2018-02-24 14:50:36 +0200 )edit

My idea is to install an old version of LibreOffice, say LO 3.6.7.2, and then try to open and save as OpenDocumentFormat. Installation as parallel or portable, so operating system is not touched negatively... Downloadaddress for old versions

Grantler gravatar imageGrantler ( 2018-02-25 14:10:36 +0200 )edit

Thank you all so much for sharing the info and the time it took. Now I have some work cut out for me. I had herd that WordPerfect x5 would not open in a Windows 10 environment without a Service Pack 2 install at least. Knowledge is a great thing and with your help, I might just get this thing fixed.

Mr.Bill gravatar imageMr.Bill ( 2018-02-27 09:21:35 +0200 )edit

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answered 2018-02-24 20:45:07 +0200

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Opening WordPerfect documents in LibreOffice seems to depend on what your "information" might be.

  1. A simple letter prepared in WordPerfect X8 in .wpd format (sorry, I don't have X5 anymore) was opened directly and without errors by LibreOffice v5.4.5. (I didn't know LO could do that.)
  2. A letter with an embedded image in .wpd format was also opened directly by LO, although the format of the page numbering was lost.
  3. A spreadsheet with chart, prepared in WordPerfect X8 (QuattroPro) in .qpw format could NOT be opened directly by LO (result = gibberish). However, the same original QuattroPro spreadsheet 'Saved As' a Microsoft Excel 1997/2000/2002/2003 document in .xls format by WordPerfect Office X8 was then opened by LO Calc and only the chart layout would need some editing.

WordPerfect's "Save As" offers over 50 different formats for text documents but David's comment about using the Word97-2003 format is certainly good advice. However, if your information is a simple WordPerfect text document, LibreOffice can probably open it directly without you having to use Save As.

I don't have any WordPefect Presentations documents so could not test them in LO Impress.

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