How to Convert WDB to MS Word

By Bryan Cohen

Microsoft Works is a simple program that combines many word processor and desktop publishing tools into one. In older computers, it was the standard word processing program for users who did not have Microsoft Word. Converting documents from this program, especially WDB files (Microsoft Works Database Files) can be tricky. Here is a method using third-party software from a company known as the Code Alchemists.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet browser
  • Internet connection
  • Microsoft Works Database File
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Latest version of Java

Convert WDB to MS Word

Step 1

Open your preferred Internet browser.

Step 2

Type in the web address Once there, click on the link for the Works Database Converter.

Step 3

Scroll down the page to the "Launch" button. If you do not have Java, there are links on the page that can direct you to the latest version. If you do have Java, click on the "Launch" button.

Step 4

A download window will come up and will give you the choice to either Open or Save the file. To save space on your computer, you can simply click the Open button.

Step 5

After the Works Database Converter opens, click on the "Choose" button to find the WDB file on your computer. Convert it to an Excel spreadsheet by hitting the "Convert!" button.

Step 6

Open Microsoft Word. You have two options to incorporate your new Excel document into a Word document. You can either open the file directly with Word by clicking on the File menu and scrolling down to Open or you can go to the Insert menu, then the Tables menu, and scrolling down to the Excel spreadsheet button.

Step 7

Position the spreadsheet to your liking in the Word document. To save the document, click on the File menu then scroll down to "Save As." Click on the "Save as" type drop-down menu to choose a specific type of Microsoft Word file. Your WDB is now converted into a Word document.

Tips & Warnings

  • Your WDB file may not convert perfectly into a Word document if the data is presented in multiple columns. If you have a copy of Microsoft Works (which many people do not) either directly export the file as a CSV document before converting it to Word or adjust the data into a single table.