I Can’t Open My Report

I Can’t Open My Report!

The Problem:
You created a Microsoft Works/WordPerfect document, and when you brought it to school, it wouldn’t open.
The Reason:
You saved your document in their default format, and not in a more standardized format like “.doc”.

  • Microsoft Works is usually the free word processor that is included with new computer purchases. It is a great, easy-to-use product. However, it saves its files as “.wps”, which its big brother, Microsoft Word, won’t read without a converter. So why doesn’t Microsoft Word already have the converter built-in for its little sister? Good question…
  • WordPerfect used to be the king of the road back in the early 1990’s. It is sometime included on new computers, and is a perfectly acceptable alternative to Microsoft Word. It saves its files as “.wpd”. It is really incompatible with Microsoft Word without a converter (which only works half of the time anyway).

The Fix:
Easy. Save all of your documents in “.doc” format. Here’s how:

  1. Click “Save As…”
  2. Where is says “Save as type…” or “Save file as type…”, click on the drop-down menu. Choose “Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP Document (.doc)”. Sometimes it might say “Microsoft Word 97-2003 Document (.doc)”.


  1. Then click “Save”.

Once you start saving your documents in the “.doc” format, you’ll have less of an issue when you bring them to school for printing/editing.