Converting, Recovering Very Old MS Word Documents

I have a bunch (over 2000) of very old (circa 1990’s) .doc files. Some of them won’t open in MS Word without repairing or recovering them.

Just wondering if anyone else has come up with a way to batch convert these older files to modern .docx or PDF.

At this point, it seems like I may need to convert them one at a time. :crazy_face:

We frequently used OpenOffice/LibreOffice to open Word files that more recent versions of MS Word couldn’t. It was my go to program for all kinds of office document problems.

I haven’t used it in a few years but creating a macro to do open & save shouldn’t be too difficult.


I found this. Caveat emptor.

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Wow! OpenOffice seems like it will do the trick. Now to automate! Thanks, @WayneG!