How to Convert Wdb to Xls

By Marina Martin

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Works or converter software

If You Have Microsoft Works

Step 1

Launch Microsoft Works.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 1

Launch the Works Database Converter (see Resource 2).

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

Click "Convert."

Step 5

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.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the above steps did not work and the data in the *.WDB file is very important, you can purchase Microsoft Works for $39.95 (as of early 2010).