Opening Scanned Documents

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Printing / Faxing / Scanning' started by cheryl, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. cheryl

    cheryl Guest

    I scanned documents from my Lexmark scanner and sent them to a folder under
    Documents. Now when I try to open, it tells me Microsoft Works Word is unable
    to open. This also happens to docs saved from Print Artist which is

    I can open the docs under Corel Snapfire,but I am only a trial period with
    cheryl, Jan 29, 2008
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  2. cheryl

    Kevin Guest

    How did you save the scanned documents? What file format did you save them
    as? They have to be saved in the same format that the word processor in
    Microsoft Works uses in order to open in Works.
    Kevin, Jan 29, 2008
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  3. cheryl

    huwyngr Guest

    Just scanning gives you images/pictures, not text unless your scanner
    came with OCR software to convert it to text characters.

    If you don't have OCR software (and it's hidden away in Microsoft
    Office Tools, even in Works Suite 8 that I have) then try a Google on

    That does not include VISTA in its list of operating systems but I
    installed it yesterday using compatibility mode and Run as
    Adminsitrator and it works fine.

    Remarkably good for a freeware program.
    huwyngr, Jan 29, 2008
  4. cheryl

    cheryl Guest

    Thanks everyone, it does come with OCR software and i have gotten the message
    that it was not set up correctly & for me to insert the setup cd. I haven't
    done that yet.

    Kevin, how do I find out what format Microsoft Works Word uses?

    cheryl, Jan 30, 2008
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    Kevin Guest

    Cheryl, see this link

    As the article indicates, there are different versions of Works documents,
    like Works 6.0 for instance. I have never been very impressed with Works,
    even when Microsoft went so far as to include a full copy of Microsoft Word
    with it. It is worth the expense to purchase a copy of Microsoft Office.

    See this link for details on file formats supported by Works:

    Good luck!
    Kevin, Jan 30, 2008
  6. cheryl

    huwyngr Guest

    Are you using Microsoft Works or one of the Microsoft Works Suites that
    comes with Microsoft WORD in place of the simpler WORKS word processor?

    I have Works Suite 8 and it comes with WORD 2002 that used .doc but can
    deal with other formats such as .rtf -- The WORKS word processor format
    uses .wps for its extension but you may need a converter that you can
    get from the Microsoft Office website in order to open WORKS files in

    If you are wanting to know what file format to use for saving your OCR
    then the rich text format .rtf would be best.
    huwyngr, Jan 30, 2008
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