Microsoft Works is a word processing program that used to come free with nearly all PCs. It was the original word processing program when DOS was introduced in the late-1980s, and now it has virtually disappeared, being replaced by Microsoft Word, OpenOffice Writer, AbiWord and other word processors. Microsoft Works files have a ".wps" file extension, but those files still can be used if the file format is converted.
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Launch Microsoft Word and click "Open."
Navigate to and select the Microsoft Works file that you would like to convert, and click "Open."
Microsoft Word should convert the file as it opens. Click "Save." Microsoft should save the file in the Microsoft Word format.
If you have Microsoft Works, open the file. Select "File" and choose "Save As." You should be able to save the file as a text file.