How to Convert Wdb to Xls

Microsoft Works offers a more limited alternative to Microsoft Access for creating and maintaining databases of information, which it saves in .WDB files. Unfortunately, if you want to access this information from Microsoft Excel in order to create a mailing list or otherwise manipulate the data, there is no native support for .WDB files; you’ll need the information as an *.XLS. This is easy to fix if you still have access to Microsoft Works; if you don’t, there are a couple of tools available to handle the task for you.

If You Have Microsoft Works

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Launch Microsoft Works.

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Go to "File" "Open" and double-click on the .WDB file you wish to convert into an .XLS.

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Go to "File" "Save As" and choose "Excel 4.0/5.0 (XLS)" from the "Save as Type" drop-down list. Then click "Save."

If You Do Not Have Microsoft Works

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Launch the Works Database Converter (see Resource 2).

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Click "Choose..." to locate your original *.WDB file, and double-click the filename.

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Select the "Excel Spreadsheet" radio button next to "Output Type."

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Click "Convert."

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If your file didn't convert properly, there is a more powerful conversion software available for purchase (see Resource 1). Once installed, you can open the .WDB file right within Excel and then save it as an .XLS file.