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

Posted October 20, 2005 by MickeyMouse 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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  • Anon.

    Very Helpful! Thanks a bunch! ^_^

  • stuff

    who is micky mouse?

    • Donald Duck

      > He is a mouse!

  • Paul

    Helpful. Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks! Helped a lot!

  • Megan

    THANK YOU!!!!!!

  • Jason

    Doesn’t work.

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

    • Gerrard

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

  • t

    I opened it! Thanks!

  • t

    I opened it! THanks

  • Katie


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

  • Chuck

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

    • Chad



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

  • muriel

    AWESOME! (:
    thank you! 😀

  • KLM

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

  • Anon

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

  • Kathy

    Thank you! Thank you!

  • Karl


  • HELP

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

  • Sevn

    Worked like a charm.

  • Dexster

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

  • Gary

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

    • Anonymous

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

  • anonymous

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! Worked for me!

  • Anonymous

    thanks for helpful info

  • Name

    This was great! Thank you!!

  • Me

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

  • Anonymous

    Solution worked great with Open Office.

  • Maurice

    Thanks..did the trick!

  • Carol Kushner

    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.

  • Anonymous

    what is extention of wpd

    • Donald Duck

      > Word perfect document

  • Bhayes50

    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.

  • Sue Gaddam

    It worked, thanks!

  • Jeb_reid

    Worked like a champ. Many thanks!

  • Deva


  • Kris

    awesome add on worked perfectly thanks

  • Rebecca

    Thank you so much – it worked 😀

  • Sandee

    How can I convert Word Perfect 5.1 to Open Windows?

  • Judith

    Thanx a million. Life Saver!!

  • Jan

    Thanks. Very helpful.

  • Celeste

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

  • Kyle

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

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

  • Jenny

    Thank you! Worked perfectly!

  • Shakti

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

  • Lem

    worked, but did not convert format properly

  • Decutler

    Your suggestions worked perfectly. THANKS so much.

  • Rob

    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!

  • V Weaver

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