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Mountain Lion won't open Appleworks documents

1086 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 31, 2013 10:21 PM by babowa RSS
Patricia Ghoca Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Oct 13, 2012 7:54 AM

After installing Mountain Lion I could no longer open all documents created by Appleworks.  The exception were those documents that Pages and Numbers would allow.  What can I do about this?? 

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • drdocument Level 4 Level 4 (2,995 points)
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    Oct 13, 2012 8:33 AM (in response to Patricia Ghoca)

    For a document which will not open, Control-Click or Right-Click on the doc's icon and choose Get Info.

    Then see what apps, if any, will open it.

    If it works, in the Get Info window you can click "Change All" to open all docs of that type with the selected application.


    Hope this helps.

  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
  • katgfuchikami Calculating status...
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    Oct 28, 2012 1:11 AM (in response to Patricia Ghoca)

    I just experienced the same thing after upgrading.

    You can right click the appleworks document and choose "open with" and select "pages."

    You can then "save" it and it will be available as a pages document.

    You'll still have the original appleworks document which you should be able to delete or collect in a separate folder.

  • Radiation Mac Level 5 Level 5 (4,630 points)
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    Oct 28, 2012 4:03 AM (in response to Patricia Ghoca)

    Apple works is Not supported by or compatible with Mountain Lion.  OS X 10.6.8 was the last version of Apple's OS that was compatible with Appleworks.  You have disovered one of the workarounds, whereby Pages can sometimes deal with some forms of Appleworks' documents.  But it's not an elegant solution.  It may be time to move on to a more modern Office tool than Appleworks.  Or you may need to revert from Mountain Lion back to Snow Leopard 10.6.8 on your computer.



    Hope this helps

  • Frank Larue Calculating status...
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    Jan 31, 2013 9:53 PM (in response to Radiation Mac)

    Well you must understand that your comment is received as cynical, since I now have over 30,000 documents that I can't access anymore after installing Mountain Lion!!! More to it is the fact that if I use Pages to open those docs, the format is lost... therefore I basically cannot use them. What's behind that move from Apple? iWorks does not offer the same possibilities, the same features as AppleWorks does... I am now loosing access to 15 years of documents... Check Mate. Do I have to rethink staying with Mac after over 20 years?

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,090 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 10:21 PM (in response to Frank Larue)

    Unfortunately, this has been the case since July 2011. That was when support for PPC apps was dropped (with the introduction to Lion). I took the precaution of exporting most of my painting documents in advance and also created a Snow Leopard partition which I can still boot into to create more documents. It is absolutely necessary for anyone to ascertain that everything one depends on will still work with a new and revamped OS. Your options: if you still have the old Mac and your Snow Leopard install disks, install Snow Leopard (if your Mac supprts it - if it's brand new, it will not) and work on your documents there and/or export them in a format Pages can handle.


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