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.
Things You'll Need
- Microsoft Works or converter software
If You Have Microsoft Works
Launch Microsoft Works.
Go to "File" "Open" and double-click on the *.WDB file you wish to convert into an *.XLS.
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
Launch the Works Database Converter (see Resource 2).
Click "Choose..." to locate your original *.WDB file, and double-click the filename.
Select the "Excel Spreadsheet" radio button next to "Output Type."
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).