How to Open Apple Works Files With a PC


AppleWorks is the predecessor software for iLife. The software is similar to Microsoft Office and comes with a variety of different program titles that perform a variety of different tasks. However, if you are moving from a Mac computer to a Windows-based system it is important to be able open the AppleWorks document in a Windows program, such as Microsoft Word. Since Word has a built-in converter, you do not need to download or purchase additional software to open the AppleWorks files.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word
  • Launch Microsoft Word. Either double-click the desktop icon or select "Start," "All Programs," "Microsoft Office" and finally "Word."

  • Click "File," then "Open" and an Open window appears on the screen.

  • Select "Show," then choose "AppleWorks 5 & 6."

  • Double-click the AppleWorks file you want to run on the Windows computer. In a moment, a conversion icon appears in the middle of the screen. Once the icon disappears, the AppleWorks document loads.

  • Click "File," "Save As" and a Save window appears. Title the document, select a location to save the file to, then click "Save" and the document saves to the computer.

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