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May 4th, 2005 at 3:13 pm

XP and Wordperfect9 compatability

by marialerro on Tue May 03, 2005 12:19 pm
Does anyone have a fix for WP9 documents opening in all caps with XP?

Postby Graphcat on Tue May 03, 2005 3:40 pm

XP? There is no WordPerfect XP. And no problem in WP 9 in Windows XP. What program are you opening the file in? Is it Word from Office XP?

Nothing on this topic appears in the Corel Knowledge Base. First, you need to check that the document was really typed in mixed case. That will be visible in Reveal Codes in WordPerfect. If it’s Word, you could check that by copying a sentence or paragraph and pasting it into Windows Notepad, where the font choice won’t show up, and the case will be visible.

If it’s all caps in Notepad, use the Convert Case feature. In WP, it’s in the Edit menu. WP will recognize beginnings of sentences properly, and should capitalize where needed. In Word, could be in either the Edit or Format menus; haven’t got a copy loaded to check.

On the other hand, if the pasted sample in Notepad is mixed case, then the font that Word assigned on opening the document is something odd that has only upper case in it. Stencil is nearly always like that, and there are others. If that’s the case, then just changing the font of the text to something more traditional (Arial, Times New Roman, Century Schoolbook) will fix it.

It’s also possible that Word marked the text as ‘small caps’. Same fix–choose a standard font, with that feature turned off. Or in WP, look in Reveal Codes and delete the extra font style code.
Jerry Stern
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Postby mlerro on Tue May 03, 2005 9:04 pm
Thank you for the reply!! The font change was the fix!! Can you clear up one more question for me? I realize that XP is not Word Perfect & that is the version of Windows I have. Wordperfect is downloaded on my computer– why does the document appear to be opened in WordPerfect, in fact it says it is in TimesNew Roman, until I right clicked & looked at the font there. Is that what you’d call backing into the program? Is there a way to avoid doing that when opening? (The files are being emailed to me to work on from home) I have been trying to work around it for over a week. I’m really grateful for your sharing your knowledge!

mlerro

Postby Graphcat on Wed May 04, 2005 7:51 am
Actually, “XP” is a name that Microsoft gave to both a version of Windows and a version of Office, which is their suite of programs that includes Word. It causes a lot of confusion because so many users bought their “XP” computers with both products pre-installed.

I still don’t know what program you’re running, although it’s probably Word XP. I’ll guess that you’re clicking on the file attachment to open it; that will open the file in whatever program has been set to open files of that type. It’s automatic, based on the 3-letter file extension ending the filename. Unfortunately, Windows, by default, hides that, but that’s a rant for another day. 😈

To actually take control of what program is opening a file, go to the Start menu, click ‘All Programs’ (or ‘Programs’ in pre-XP versions of Windows), and click on the program you want to work in. In this case, it’s either WordPerfect or MS Word. Once in the program, choose File, Open, and find the file you need to work in, and double-click to open it in the current program. For any given type of file, there are many programs that can edit it. WordPerfect is the most powerful document editor, but there are other excellent products from Sun/Open Office. And Word, of course, which is the product shipped with so many PCs.

That usually brings up another topic, of WHERE is the file? It really helps if you know where your email software is storing attachments. If not, use the ‘Find Files’ item in the Windows start menu to locate it; you’ll have to note the filename from the email for that.

Sorry if I just got too basic, but it’s useful for some of the others who will read these messages on the board.

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