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Viewing Word 97 files?

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    Viewing Word 97 files?


    Hi folks, I have a need for inspecting a huge batch of files created by Word 97. They mostly consist of a complex mixture of figures that (I've been told) on the original Word 97 were all ordered into columns (but no *tables* format was used). On my Windows 8.1, I have Kingsoft Writer installed and this shows me just a jumble of words and figures whose meaning I can't easily guess. It can't obviously read the exact format of Word 97.

    I know I can find a Word 97 Viewer somewhere on the Microsoft site - but nowhere I'm seeing anything mentioned as compatible with Windows 8 and I'm reluctant to install something that might compromise my great new computer. Has any of you a suggestion: would it be o.k. to install on Windows 8 a Word Viewer created for previous operating systems?

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Have tried Wordpad in Windows Accessories ?
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    Windows 8.1


    Thanks David. Wordpad shows them as a mess of coding and scattered words, unfortunately.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Have you tried Open Office ?

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    Cheers, David. The fact is that I've already got Kingsoft Office installed plus Polyedit as a Word replacement (none of them doing a really good job (formatwise) with these Word 97 files. I'm rather reluctant to install another Office Suite just for examining these files, if I can help it. I'll see if anyone else here has a suggestion in the way of a light program like Word Viewer - otherwise yes, I'll have to try OpenOffice. Tks anyway.
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    N. Calif
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    In the time it took you to post your question on this forum and wait for answers you could have installed a viewer and found out for yourself whether it worked or not. My guess is that it should work fine but I confess I haven't tried it. Regardless, if it doesn't work, uninstall it and move on. What makes you think it will somehow compromise your new computer?

    If you want a little more assurance, create a restore point prior to installing whatever software you wish to try.
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