5 Ways to Open/Convert and Edit a .WPD (Word Perfect) File on a Windows PC

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What’s a .WPD?

A .WPD file is a document created in WordPerfect, a word-processing software program by Corel.  Even if you don’t have WordPerfect installed on your computer, you can open these file-types easily & quickly.  You don’t even need Word installed if you use Way#5.  But most people have Word.  Use Way #5 also if you need to view the .WPD file on your iPhone or iPad.

Here are the five (5) ways to open WPD files.  The first few ways will convert the file to Word (DOC) format. And you can edit it, too.

Way #1. Rename .WPD to .DOC

WordPerfect (.WPD) files are easy to open if you have Microsoft Word on your computer.  You can rename the extension from .WPD to .DOC and they will open up in any version of Word (Word 2003, 2007, 2010).

Here’s how step by step:

  1. Put the file on your desktop or some place you can easily find it if it’s not already.  (For example, if the .WPD file was sent to you in e-mail, this means you need to save the attachment to your desktop.)  (If you use Microsoft OUTLOOK, this is done by right-clicking on the attachment in your e-mail and selecting SAVE AS.)
  2. Right-click on the file and select RENAME.  Rename the file to whatever you want as long as you end it with .DOC instead of .WPD.  Important:  Change the file extension to .DOC no matter what version of Word you have.  This “trick” will NOT work if you use .DOCX as the file extension.  All versions of Word can open .DOC files.
  3. Double-click on the file.  Doing this will cause the file to open up in Microsoft Word.  Now you’re all set.  You should see your document!  (Word knew it was really a WordPerfect file and converted it for you as it opened.)  Now, you can either leave it in .DOC filetype, or if you want feel free to now convert it to .DOCX filetype if you’re using Word 2007 or Word 2010.  But this is not required or necessary in most cases.  If you work at a law firm and want to use MacPac10 to transform your document to use a standard template for your law firm, then it’s a good idea (smile).

And that’s it!

Way #2. Open it From Inside of Microsoft Word

Here’s step by step instructions for opening & converting WordPerfect files from inside of any version of Word.

  1. Open Microsoft Word
  2. Click File and Open
  3. In the Files of Type at the bottom of the dialog box, select the dropdown menu and change it to All Files (*.*)
  4. Browse to the file
  5. Click it and select OK
  6. The file will open up in Word after it is automatically converted

Way #3.  Add File Association for .WPD

You can also setup your computer to always open .WPD files in Word going forward (if you have Word installed).  This method is called changing your file associations.  You’ll want to do this “way” if you expect to receive a lot of .WPD (WordPerfect) files.  Then you don’t have to worry about changing the filename each time. Simply double-click the file & it’ll open in Word.

Here’s how to associate .WPD files to open in Word, step by step:

  1. Put the file on your desktop or some place you can easily find it if it’s not already.  (For example, if the .WPD file was sent to you in e-mail, this means you need to save the attachment to your desktop.)  (If you use Microsoft OUTLOOK, this is done by right-clicking on the attachment in your e-mail and selecting SAVE AS.)
  2. Right-click on the file and select OPEN WITH.  Then select CHOOSE DEFAULT PROGRAM. If you see Microsoft Word on the list, highlight it and be sure to place a CHECK next to the option on the bottom that says, ”Always use the selected program to open this kind of file.”  If you do NOT see Microsoft Word as a choice (and you have it installed on your computer), click the BROWSE button to locate WINWORD.EXE (you can do a search on your computer if you need the exact file path).  On WindowsXP computers, the path is  C:\PROGRAM FILES\MICROSOFT OFFICE\OFFICE12\WINWORD.EXE.
  3. Click on OK.  The .WPD file will then open in Word and for future WPD files, all you now have to do is double-click them and they’ll open up in Word going forward.  This is because you just changed your file association for .WPD files. By completing the above step, you told your computer,  “Hey, open up .WPD files in Microsoft Word from now on.”  There’s a more complicated way of doing this, but the above step is easiest for most non-computer people.

Way #4.  Use a WordPerfect Viewer

If you don’t have Microsoft Word installed on your computer (or even if you do), you can view WordPefect files using Corel’s free software called WordPerfect Lightening, a viewer.  Corel also has a WordPerfect Viewer out now for the iPhone and iPad.

There are Three Types of Viewers you can Download:

  1. For a Windows PC.   With or without Word installed, you can use a FREE software called WordPerfect Lightening to open and view WordPerfect files!  So just download and install it.   CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD IT.  After clicking the link, pay attention to where your file is downloading.  If you’re using FireFox or Google Chrome as your web browser, more than likely the file will automatically download to your DOWNLOADS folder.  The name of the file that is being downloaded is WordPerfectLightningInstaller.exe.  You will need to double-click this file after it downloads in order to INSTALL it onto your computer.  After it’s installed, then you’ll be able to easily open .WPD WordPerfect files.  I’m going to create a video showing you how to do this step by step in the near future.
  2. For an iPad.  Read WordPerfect and WordPerfect email attachments on your iPad with a simple tap.  CLICK HERE to download the iPad WordPerfect Viewer.
  3. For an iPhone.  Yes, there’s a WordPerfect app for your iPhone!  It lets you view WordPerfect files right on your iPhone.  CLICK HERE FOR IPHONE WORDPERFECT VIEWER.

Way #5.  Buy WordPerfect for $29.

A fourth way would be to buy WordPerfect and install it on your computer!  Seriously, you can grab a copy of Corel’s WordPerfect software for $29 on Amazon (click here to buy WordPerfect), and it will work on WindowsXP, Windows VISTA, or Windows 7.  So if all else fails, you can always purchase WordPerfect.

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  • jeanieblue

    Thanks for the info. Changing the wpd to a doc didn’t work but the corel lightning works great. Thanks and God Bless.

    • http://www.junesjournal.com/ June

      Great! I’m glad to hear one of the methods worked out of you. Thank you for commenting. Take care.

  • http://twitter.com/lifeofanomad Jason Christopher

    Renaming .wpd to .doc worked in Office 2013 with formatting in tact. Also, opened up .wpd inside of 13 as well, no issues! Thanks for the post

    • http://www.junesjournal.com/ June

      Great, glad to hear it, Jason! You are welcome.

  • Alan Taylor Farnes

    Didn’t work for me (I’m on a mac). After I renamed the file with the .doc extension and tried to open it it brought up a convert file from dialogue box with many options. I tried each of them and none of them worked. Each method I use brings up this dialogue box which is a dead end. Any ideas?

    • http://www.junesjournal.com/ June

      Ahhh, this tricks on this page is specifically for PC-users. I don’t use a Mac but can do some research and write something for Mac users (let me know of solutions if you find them). Meanwhile, if you have a G-mail account (they are free to create), e-mail the WPD to yourself, and G-mail will let you view the file, even if you don’t have Word or WordPerfect installed.

    • Ken

      Try NeoOffice App for Mac users.