How to Open, Edit, or Convert a .WPD (Word Perfect) File in Windows

This tech-recipes tutorial covers the basic steps for opening, converting, and viewing WPD files without Word Perfect being installed. Instructions for opening WPD files in Microsoft Word are also included.

Viewing —

Microsoft’s Word Viewer Application can view Word Perfect (5.x-6.x) files.

If you would like to view the file in your browser, you can install this Word Perfect browser plug-in from Corel’s FTP site. This is the direct link to the download.

Opening/Editing –

1. Open Microsoft Word
2. Click File
3. Click Open
4. In the Files of Type: dropdown box change to All Files (*.*)
5. Browse to the file
6. Click it and select OK
7. It will perform the conversion

If you are still having problems, you can open WP and Word and copy and paste between the programs as well. Most of the formatting will be lost, but at least the bulk of the text will be saved.

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52 Responses to “How to Open, Edit, or Convert a .WPD (Word Perfect) File in Windows”

  1. November 02, 2008 at 3:35 pm, Anon. said:

    Very Helpful! Thanks a bunch! ^_^

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  2. November 25, 2008 at 7:06 pm, stuff said:

    who is micky mouse?

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    • July 03, 2012 at 10:41 pm, Donald Duck said:

      > He is a mouse!

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  3. December 11, 2008 at 8:08 pm, Paul said:

    Helpful. Thank you.

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  4. December 12, 2008 at 4:20 pm, Anonymous said:

    Thanks! Helped a lot!

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  5. December 12, 2008 at 9:14 pm, Megan said:

    THANK YOU!!!!!!

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  6. December 30, 2008 at 3:39 pm, Jason said:

    Doesn’t work.

    You just get an error message from Word saying the file is already in use or can’t be read.

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    • September 05, 2012 at 9:58 pm, Gerrard said:

      > Then close the .wpd document after you have copied the text/images to your clipboard, close the .wpd then rught click, and paste.

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  7. January 15, 2009 at 3:23 pm, t said:

    I opened it! Thanks!

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  8. January 15, 2009 at 3:25 pm, t said:

    I opened it! THanks

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  9. March 04, 2009 at 5:31 pm, Katie said:

    WHAT A HELP! THANKS!

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  10. March 09, 2009 at 7:10 am, Jake Long said:

    Not to shabby. the plug-in worked the best and it’s less than 1mb! Thanks for your help

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  11. March 21, 2009 at 11:32 pm, Chuck said:

    OpenOffice 3.0 opened a .WPD file for me with no trouble.

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    • March 27, 2009 at 8:00 pm, Chad said:

      how?

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  12. March 26, 2009 at 4:25 pm, ASDFGHJ said:

    thank you so much! now i can pass in my project in on time :P

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  13. April 13, 2009 at 6:27 pm, muriel said:

    AWESOME! (:
    thank you! :D

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  14. April 16, 2009 at 5:53 pm, KLM said:

    Thank you so much!
    Works perfect
    Very helpful
    Saved me loads of time!!

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  15. May 19, 2009 at 9:13 pm, Anon said:

    Does not work. MS Word then asks for which conversion, and Word Perfect is not in the list.

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  16. May 28, 2009 at 8:57 pm, Kathy said:

    Thank you! Thank you!

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  17. June 16, 2009 at 1:04 pm, Karl said:

    Thanks!

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  18. June 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm, HELP said:

    it doesnt work :S i guess the file that is wpd is a newer version

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  19. June 21, 2009 at 2:05 am, Sevn said:

    Worked like a charm.

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  20. June 21, 2009 at 2:07 am, Dexster said:

    I followed the instructions and opened it with MS Office 2007. No problems.

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  21. July 02, 2009 at 2:02 am, Gary said:

    don’t work says older version of wp, word 2007

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    • August 11, 2009 at 2:08 pm, Anonymous said:

      That’s my problem…were you ever able to convert word perfect to word?

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  22. August 02, 2009 at 12:38 am, anonymous said:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! Worked for me!

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  23. August 19, 2009 at 1:09 am, Anonymous said:

    thanks for helpful info

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  24. August 27, 2009 at 5:43 pm, Name said:

    This was great! Thank you!!

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  25. September 16, 2009 at 8:13 pm, Me said:

    Corel’s browser plug-in requires Netscape?! Didn’t bother to figure out which version, as Word Viewer 2003 opened the file.

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  26. October 29, 2009 at 6:56 pm, Anonymous said:

    Solution worked great with Open Office.

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  27. December 23, 2009 at 3:10 pm, Maurice said:

    Thanks..did the trick!

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  28. April 15, 2010 at 2:37 pm, Carol Kushner said:

    I use Firefox Mozilla – it has a download manager — the word file I need to open was sent to my gmail account. The download manager does not allow me to specify where to save the file…. when I click on it I can’t open it. This is truly driving me nuts.

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  29. April 23, 2010 at 3:20 am, Anonymous said:

    what is extention of wpd

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    • July 03, 2012 at 10:43 pm, Donald Duck said:

      > Word perfect document

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  30. July 20, 2010 at 1:52 am, Bhayes50 said:

    Re: “How to Open, Edit, or Convert a .WPD (Word Perfect) File in Windows”

    I’m working with an iMac and have loaded MS Office for Mac.
    I am unable to open a Word Perfect document.
    Step 4 of the above instructions does not work because there is no “Files of Type” option to click on.

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  31. December 12, 2010 at 6:02 pm, Sue Gaddam said:

    It worked, thanks!

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  32. January 04, 2011 at 11:22 pm, Jeb_reid said:

    Worked like a champ. Many thanks!

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  33. March 07, 2011 at 6:45 am, Deva said:

    thanks….

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  34. April 03, 2011 at 5:11 am, Kris said:

    awesome add on worked perfectly thanks

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  35. April 14, 2011 at 10:25 am, Rebecca said:

    Thank you so much – it worked :D

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  36. April 25, 2011 at 12:10 am, Sandee said:

    How can I convert Word Perfect 5.1 to Open Windows?

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  37. October 20, 2011 at 8:37 am, Judith said:

    Thanx a million. Life Saver!!

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  38. December 02, 2011 at 8:31 am, Jan said:

    Thanks. Very helpful.

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  39. January 26, 2012 at 8:56 am, Celeste said:

    This was exactly what I was looking for! Awesome, Thanks so much

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  40. March 04, 2012 at 6:10 pm, Kyle said:

    Downloaded Open Office, but it wouldn’t open my wpd documents. Plus Open Office messed up my Microsoft Office now. Sheeese.

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  41. March 20, 2012 at 6:34 pm, Arlo James Barnes said:

    Just another data point:
    Google Docs will not display .wpd, although of course you can upload it for storage purposes alone.

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  42. April 11, 2012 at 8:12 am, Jenny said:

    Thank you! Worked perfectly!

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  43. June 07, 2012 at 6:35 pm, Shakti said:

    Did not work with Mac, but worked pretty well with PC. Thanks!

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  44. June 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm, Lem said:

    worked, but did not convert format properly

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  45. July 13, 2013 at 12:38 am, Decutler said:

    Your suggestions worked perfectly. THANKS so much.

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  46. July 30, 2013 at 3:31 pm, Rob said:

    Thank you!!!!!!!!! This was really helpful. My Microsoft Word opened the wpd document just fine, but I wouldn’t have known to try if not for you!

    Have a great day today!

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  47. July 30, 2013 at 6:00 pm, V Weaver said:

    Thanks for the info regarding the conversion of WPD files. You are a life saver!!!!

    Reply

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