Move from Microsoft Works to Microsoft Office 2010

If you previously used Microsoft Works and you recently purchased Microsoft Office 2010 or you have a new computer that came with Microsoft Office Starter 2010, you may be wondering how you can use your Works documents and spreadsheets in Office. First, copy the files to your new computer, and then open them in Office.

Note: Microsoft Excel 2010 and Microsoft Excel Starter 2010 cannot open spreadsheets in the Works 4.x/2000 (*.wks) format. Before copying these Works spreadsheets to your new computer, save them in an Excel format (*.xls or *.xlsx). If your spreadsheet files are from Works 6.0 or later, you don’t need to save them as Excel files. Excel 2010 and Excel Starter 2010 can open files in the Works 6.0-9.0 (*.xlr) format.

What do you want to do?

Copy Works files to the new computer

  1. Copy the Works files to a device you can move to the new computer.

    The simplest method is to use a USB flash device. Plug the device into your computer's USB port, and then copy the Works files onto it.

  2. Insert the device into your new computer, and copy the files into a folder, such as Documents.

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Open Works files in Office 2010

Works 6.0 or later

If your Works files were saved in Works 6.0 or later, you can open them directly in Office 2010 or Office Starter 2010.

  1. In Word, Excel, Word Starter, or Excel Starter, click the File tab, and then click Open.

  2. Go to the folder where the Works files are stored.

  3. In the list of file types (next to the File name box), click All Files (*.*).

  4. Click the Works file that you want to open.

  5. When you save the file, save it in the Office 2010 format (Excel Workbook (.xlsx) or Word Document (.docx).

Learn more about Office 2010

If you are new to Office 2010, see Getting Started with Office 2010.

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