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Toolbox for WordPerfect

Macros, tips, and templates for Corel® WordPerfect® for Windows®
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Page updated Mar 15, 2017

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"What's new and different in WordPerfect Office versions?"

The information below is from the Corel site and from WordPerfect's reference materials:
(newest listed first; for program release dates see the footnote on this page)

WPX8 | WPX7 | WPX6 WPX5 | WPX4 | WPX3 | WP12 | WP11 | WP10 | WP9 | WP8

First - some general information and tips

Upgrading to a newer version?

•  Here's how to migrate your customizations. 

Includes:

- How to determine which version you already have.
- What updates (patches) are available.
- What you should back up before upgrading to a new version.
- Uninstalling and/or reinstalling the program.
- Installing multiple versions of WordPerfect on the same computer.
- etc.

•  Major retail versions of the program usually have Upgrade versions at a discounted price.

However, some products -- Home & Student, Academic, OEM, and Not for Resale versions -- do NOT qualify for an upgrade. Further, upgrades usually are offered to users of the prior two versions only. Check the Corel site's Upgrade requirements before purchasing. See also the "Compare Versions" and "Compare Product Family" links in the sections below.

•  Be VERY careful about buying a presumed "full" version from lesser known internet sites since the product might not be what you expect.

Sometimes people receive a stripped down OEM version instead of a full retail version (and often at about the same price as a current, legitimate Home & Student version). There have been many reports from disappointed users about such items. Photos of a product on a web site might be "for illustrative purposes only". 

Major online retailers like Amazon.com are less likely to be problematic if you buy WordPerfect directly from them (look for "ships from" in the description). Remember the old saying that "if it sounds too good to be true it probably is."

Corel support and updating your installed version

•  Like many other software companies Corel supports only the current version and the immediately previous 2 or 3 versions (via publicly available "service packs" or "patches"; other support might be available for a fee).

•  In recent versions you can get updates from the program's Help menu ("Check for Updates"). For those who prefer to download the update files, perhaps to install them at a later time, service packs for earlier versions may still be available for download but there is no guarantee of that. Check Corel's Support tab on their site for these patches. (For more on updating see here.)

Some items and features may not be available in some editions of a particular version

For example, the Home & Student edition can create PDF files but cannot import them. See the "Compare Product Family" link to a edition comparison list (PDF) on the Corel Products page for WordPerfect.

Moreover, some items or features have been removed in newer WordPerfect versions (e.g., Trellix was removed in WP10). Unfortunately the information below does not specifically reference them.

For other products that work with WordPerfect Office see here

For some historical material on Corel WordPerfect Office see Wikipedia here

Important

A new feature introduced in WordPerfect 10 and present in all subsequent versions affects 

[1] the way text is selected and
[2] the way the cursor moves and
[3] the QuickWords feature in certain circumstances.

As a result it can also produce serious problems with some
macros in WordPerfect 10 and later versions. Hence if you have macros written in earlier versions they might require some "tweaking".

This issue is the result of a new check box setting in Tools, Settings, Environment: "Use WP9 text selection". The factory setting is OFF (i.e., check box un-ticked) by default -- presumably for the convenience of Microsoft Word users so the program acts the same way when selecting text.

Most users of earlier versions of WordPerfect will probably want to turn it ON. Importantly, macro writers need to be aware of how it impacts them.

See the page on this site
here for more information and some tips.
WORDPERFECT OFFICE X8 (version 18)

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[WPOX8 was released in April 2016.]

Compare Versions (PDF - "Features by Version" - WPO8-WPOX8)

Compare Product Family (PDF) (Edition Comparison Matrix - Standard, Professional, Home & Student *)

[* As you might expect from the reduced price, the Home and Student Edition lacks a few features compared to the Standard Edition -- such as the WordPerfect eBook Publisher. Also (from the footnote on that PDF file): "The Home & Student Edition of WordPerfect does not include the following features: PDF Import, PDF Forms, SharePoint support, eBook publishing, Metadata Removal, Bates Numbering, pleading paper, Pleading Expert, Tables of Authorities, document review or routing slip." Note, however, that it can create PDFs -- it just cannot import them for editing. It also can be legally installed on up to 3 computers in your home. This can offer an inexpensive "upgrade" path.]

System requirements (from Corel website):

Microsoft Windows 10, Microsoft Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit editions), with the latest service pack and update installed
1.5 GB hard disk space for application files
1 GB RAM (x86) or 2 GB RAM (AMD64)
1 GHz or faster (x86) or an AMD64 processor
1024 x 768 monitor resolution
Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 or higher
DVD drive (required for box installation)
Mouse or tablet with stylus
†Internet connection may be required to verify the serial number during installation.

What's included (from Corel website):

Main Applications

WordPerfect® word processor
Quattro Pro® spreadsheet program
Presentations™ slideshow creator
WordPerfect® Lightning™ digital notebook
AfterShot™ 2 RAW photo-editing software

Also includes

900+ TrueType fonts
10,000+ clipart images
300+ templates
175+ digital photos
BrainStorm training videos*
The Pocket Oxford English Dictionary
WordPerfect® Address Book
Presentations™ Graphics - bitmap editor and drawing application
WordPerfect XML Project Designer
Batch Conversion Utility to convert Microsoft Word documents to WordPerfect documents
*Internet connection is required

"New for X8" [From the "Features by Version" matrix above:]

•  APA, MLA and Turabian Writing Templates (among others).

•  Increased levels of Undo [was: default=10, max=300; now: default=50, max=300]

•  [New macro:] Function Key Keyboard Template macro – to create your own printable keyboard template of F-Keys.

•  Dock Reveal Codes to the Left, Right or Bottom [accessed via a single toolbar button]

•  PDF of formatting codes (see website for "WordPerfect Reveal Codes Chart")

•  Template Preview [accessed via File menu's New From Template] with over 150 free templates included. [Note that standard installations apparently place such "extras" in the C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\WordPerfect Office subfolders.]

Other:

•  Locking toolbars: Right-click on a toolbar or property bar and you can lock/unlock all of them in their current locations. Locking prevents accidentally dragging a toolbar or property bar from its preferred location.

•  Character count (Tools, Word Count -or- File, Properties): Now includes counting characters with and without spaces.

•  [From the WPOX8 User Guide:] "Scaling (DPI) ... dialog boxes, such as Open, Save, and Save As, now respect Windows font scaling (DPI). Icons and text within those dialog boxes now increase or reduce size along with Windows icons. This ensures that UI elements scale properly and appear crisp and legible on screens of all resolutions...."

•  [From the press release:] "Enhanced! Microsoft Office compatibility: Work with the most up-to-date Microsoft Office file formats for seamless file compatibility. WordPerfect gives you a great experience on Windows 10, 8.1 and Windows 7." [No details given.]

WORDPERFECT OFFICE X7 (version 17)

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[WPOX7 was released in April 2014.]

Note: WordPerfect Office X7 (fully patched to at least Service Pack 2 -- a.k.a. build number 17.0.0.366, released in May 2015) was certified by Corel to work with Windows 10. Earlier builds of WPOX7 were certified for Windows 8/8.1.

[* As you might expect from the reduced price, the Home and Student Edition lacks a few features compared to the Standard Edition -- such as the WordPerfect eBook Publisher. Also (from the footnote on that PDF file): "The WordPerfect X7 application in the WordPerfect Office X7 – Home and Student Edition does not include the following features or functionality: PDF Import, PDF Forms, SharePoint support, Metadata Removal, Bates Numbering, pleading paper, Pleading Expert, Tables of Authorities, document review or routing slip." Note, however, that it can create PDFs -- it just cannot import them for editing. It also can be legally installed on up to 3 computers in your home. This can offer an inexpensive "upgrade" path.]

"New for X7"
[From the Upgrade Matrix above:]

•  Open more than 9 documents in a WordPerfect window (or instance). Note: Only the last 9 will be displayed in the list at the bottom of the File menu, with the most recent one at the top. But you can use the program's Window menu choice to Cascade or Tile them, or (in WPX7 and later) use Window, More Windows to display a drop list of all open documents' filenames. Clicking one that has been cascaded or tiles will bring it forward, then using Window, Separate lets you send that file to a new, separate instance of WordPerfect [multiple instances were introduced in WPX6], which might be a handy way to isolate just the ones you want to work on.

•  Create Thumbnails of documents to view in Windows Explorer.

[From the program's User Guide, in the order of appearance]-

•  You can perform a Help search, or a Web search, from directly within the Reference Center.

•  Quick-reference cards — tips and insights on various topics.

•  You can create an eBook in the EPUB format in addition to the MOBI format.

•  WordPerfect lets you save a document to WPD, DOC, DOCX, PDF, and HTML5 at the same time. [See the new macro below, Save To Multiple Formats.wcm.]

•  When you save an iteration of a file, an updated version of the file is saved with a version number added to the filename. [See the new macro below, Numbered Save.wcm. See also the NewFN# macro in the suite of "multi-save" macros here.]

•  You can add files to a Favorites list and open those documents, individually or in groups, using the Favorites Launcher [a new toolbar button (its icon is a yellow star) on the WordPerfect toolbar]. You can also manage your Favorites list. [This feature is also accessible directly via the new macro below, Favorites Launcher.wcm.]

•  The Mail Merge Expert [on the Tools menu, on the standard <WordPerfect Menu>] is designed to simplify merging addresses with letters, labels and envelopes. It guides you step-by-step through a merge, from choosing the data source that contains the recipients’ information (DAT file) and the form document that has the consistent content (FRM file) to outputting the merge. You can use a variety of webmail address books that are in the CSV format in a merge, but you must first convert them to a DAT file.

•  You can [...] print all open documents or only the page on which the cursor is positioned. [See the new macro below, PrintAll.wcm. See also the PrintAll macro here.]

•  You can create fillable PDF forms, which you can distribute to gather specific information from users. You can add form controls to a PDF form [from the Insert menu], such as text fields, check boxes, drop-down lists, list boxes, and radio buttons.

•  You [can] publish a document to HTML5.

•  You can manage macros from multiple locations using the Macro Manager [a new button on the standard WordPerfect toolbar; see also the new macro below, Macro Manager.wcm]. It provides a file description, the date of the last compiled version, and a preview of code. You can also run or edit macros from the Macro Manager.

[NOTE: More information on the macros below can be had via the Help (F1) key: Search for "Using macros included with WordPerfect".]

•  [New macro: Count Spaces.wcm] Displays the number of characters in the document, including or excluding space characters, and including or excluding subdocuments.

•  [New macro: Count words.wcm] Counts all instances of a word or phrase in a document and generates a file that shows frequency in the current document. [See also the WordList macro here.]

•  [New macro: CSVtoMerge,wcm] Converts contacts exported to CSV files from gmail.com, outlook.com, or yahoo.com to a WordPerfect merge data (DAT) file.

•  [New macro: Favorites Launcher (on the WordPerfect toolbar)] Opens favorite documents, individually or in groups, and lets you manage your Favorites list.

•  [New macro: KeystrokeMenu.wcm] Launches the Keystroke Menu, an easily searchable list of WordPerfect functions that lets you quickly find and perform an action.

•  [New macro: Lorem Ipsum.wcm] Generates “Lorem Ipsum” sample text, and inserts it into the current document.

•  [New macro: Macro Manager.wcm] Starts the Macro Manager, which is a browser that lets you manage macros.

•  [New macro: Numbered Save] [See "When you save an iteration ..." above.]

•  [New macro: PrintAll.wcm] Prints all open documents. [See also the PrintAll macro here.]

•  [New macro: ReplaceInFolder.wcm] Replaces a word or phrase in all WPD and WPT files within a folder.

•  [New macro: Save To Multiple Formats.wcm] Lets you save the current file to WPD, DOC, DOCX, PDF, and HTML5 at the same time.

•  [New macro: SendToTextBox.wcm] Moves the currently selected text into a characteranchored text box.

•  [New macro: Thumbnail Current Page.wcm]  Embeds a thumbnail image of the current page in a document that is viewable in Explorer.

WORDPERFECT OFFICE X6 (version 16)

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WPOX6 became available as a Corel download on April 26, 2012. Retail (boxed) versions became available in early May 2012. The download version is the same as the retail boxed version; however, you will need to download "extras" (fonts, etc.) using the information Corel will email to you once you purchase and register the main downloaded program suite.

Note: WordPerfect Office X6 (patched to at least Service Pack 1 -- a.k.a. build number 16.0.0.388, released in August 2012) was certified by Corel to work with Windows 8/8.1. Patch files can be found on the Corel site under the Support tab and should be applied in numerical sequence.

Also see -

"What exciting surprises can be found in Corel® WordPerfect® Office X6?"

"WordPerfect X6 - Some observations" - a post on WordPerfect Universe by Barry MacDonnell.

Edition comparison matrix (PDF) of Standard, Professional, Home & Student, and Legal Ed. [Current as of June 2013.]

Reviewer's Guide (PDF) [Note: The comparisons on p.14 have been replaced by the Edition comparison matrix above.]

Upgrade matrix (PDF) - compares major features in WordPerfect versions 8 - X6; for more details on a particular version, see below

Downloadable PDF guides (Handbook, Guidebook, Macro Guide) from Corel are on OfficeCommunity.com here.

WORDPERFECT OFFICE X5 (version 15)

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Note: WordPerfect X5 (fully patched) was certified by Corel to work with Windows 7. Patch files ("Service Packs") can be found on the Corel site under the Support tab.

Reviewer's Guide (PDF file):

Version comparison (PDF file). (For the Professional Edition of WPX5, see here.)

Corel's WordPerfect X5 Upgrade Matrix - an overview (table) of major features found in WordPerfect versions 8-X5; for more details on a particular version, see below.

What's New in WordPerfect® Office X5? (Corel page)

WORDPERFECT OFFICE X4 (version 14)

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See "Corel Launches WordPerfect® Office X4 – The World’s First PDF Office Suite".

PC Magazine reviewed it here.

See the Corel Reviewer's Guide (2.28 MB in PDF format).

See a Comparison chart (PDF format) between the four editions.

WORDPERFECT OFFICE X3 (version 13)

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From the Corel Reviewer's Guide:
Summary of New and Enhanced Features
(Standard Edition; see below for other editions)

Suite-wide

  • Built-in publish to PDF capabilities make it easy and cost-effective to share WordPerfect Office documents while maintaining control over content and appearance.
  • With WordPerfect, Quattro Pro, and Presentations, it’s easy to exchange information with Microsoft® Office users thanks to enhanced compatibility with Microsoft Office file formats.
  • Easier to use thanks to a more familiar, intuitive environment with newly updated, stylish buttons and toolbars that now support Windows® XP default themes.
  • The enhanced PerfectExpert™ provides easy access to an array of project templates and, if asked, provides helpful advice for virtually any project.
  • Enhanced multilingual character support ensures that extended characters display accurately.
  • Finding the right template has never been easier with the enhanced WordPerfect® OfficeReady™ template browser.
  • The enhanced Migration Manager makes it easy to retain settings from a previous WordPerfect Office installation.
  • Now accessible from the Start menu, Presentations™ Graphics X3 is tightly integrated with WordPerfect®, Quattro Pro®, and Presentations™.
  • Enjoy e-mail, calendar, contact, spam protection, and lightning-fast search capabilities with the new WordPerfect® MAIL™.
  • With WordPerfect Office X3 – Professional Edition only, take advantage of the enhanced Paradox® — a relational desktop database application.

WordPerfect® X3

  • The new ability to Import PDF files with WordPerfect® X3 makes it easy to reuse text and graphics from PDF files without additional purchase.
  • The enhanced Publish To PDF feature now converts WordPerfect table-of-contents headings into PDF bookmarks for easy PDF navigation.
  • Access online resources and quickly conduct Web searches with the new WordPerfect® Online Resources featuring Yahoo!® Search.
  • Gain more control and quickly access the enhanced Word Count feature by using the new Count button on the application bar.
  • Enhanced Document Routing makes it easy to collect feedback from multiple collaborators.
  • Enhanced integration with WordPerfect® MAIL™ makes it easy to share a WordPerfect MAIL address book with WordPerfect for creating routing slips to use for document routing.
  • Easily repurpose HTML content with the enhanced Paste Without Formatting feature.
  • Now, you can view and print WordPerfect documents from a Web browser.
  • Quickly and easily remove confidential or sensitive information from documents with the new Save Without Metadata feature.
  • New label formats are available from industry-leading suppliers.

Quattro Pro® X3

  • Share spreadsheets and charts with any computer user who has Adobe® Reader® software, thanks to the new Publish To PDF feature.
  • Create polished, professional-looking reports with the enhanced CrossTab reports, which now maintain connections with ODBC databases.
  • Easily apply advanced rendering to charts with enhanced charting tools.

Presentations™ X3

  • The enhanced Publish To PDF feature now translates slide names into PDF bookmarks for easy PDF navigation of presentations and slide shows.
  • Use a new Master from the enhanced Master Gallery to create professional-looking slide shows and presentations without having to design from scratch.
  • Show off presentations with smoother, more rounded text and images, thanks to enhanced anti-aliasing and graphics interpolation.

What's Included with WordPerfect® Office X3
(See also "
Differences in the WPO X3 Product Family")

– Standard Edition:

Main Applications

  • WordPerfect® X3: This powerful word-processing application provides capabilities that simplify your work. Easy to use and highly compatible with Microsoft® Word, WordPerfect X3 provides all the tools needed to create dynamic documents that are easily shared with other computer users.
  • Quattro Pro® X3: Featuring enhanced compatibility with Microsoft® Excel, this powerful spreadsheet application can help you organize, analyze, report, manage, and share important data and financial information. Quattro Pro X3 provides easy-to-use charting features and advanced rendering options that give your information a professional, polished look.
  • Presentations™ X3: With enhanced compatibility with Microsoft® PowerPoint®, Presentations X3 includes all the tools you need to create slide shows, project proposals, interactive reports and demonstrations, multimedia presentations, flyers, signs, banners, and more. For easy sharing, you can publish projects to HTML or Macromedia Flash™. Plus, the self-contained presentations technology, Show On The Go™, lets any PC user view your project — whether or not they use Presentations.
  • WordPerfect® MAIL™: With lightning speed, WordPerfect MAIL finds information buried by years of inbox, contact, or calendar clutter. In addition to e-mail, calendar, and contact management, this full-featured, easy-to-use application includes innovative filing capabilities and outstanding spam
    protection.
  • Presentations™ Graphics X3: For years, this easy-to-use graphics tool has been tightly integrated with WordPerfect Office. Now easier to access than ever before, you can choose Presentations Graphics X3 from the Start menu to create and edit original drawings and pictures. With support for many commonly used file formats, Presentations Graphics X3 ensures that you can reuse your graphics with other products.

Supporting Utilities

  • WordPerfect® OfficeReady™ Template Browser: This template browser makes it easy to find the right template for any project. It provides thumbnail views of available templates that open with a single click.
  • WordPerfect® Office Conversion Utility: The WordPerfect® Office Conversion Utility makes it easy to convert batches of any document type that WordPerfect can open. For example, you can convert an entire folder structure of Microsoft Word documents to WordPerfect.
  • PerfectScript™: PerfectScript™ was developed specifically for WordPerfect Office applications to help you create macros, recordings, and scripts.
  • QuickFinder™: QuickFinder™ is a powerful utility that lets you find files by performing highly customizable searches.
  • Pleading Expert: The Pleading Expert is a step-by-step wizard that helps you create pleading cover sheets. It guides you through page, margin, font, line, footer, and signature settings, and lets you save pleading styles that you can easily reuse.

– Additional Applications in the Professional Edition:

  • Paradox®: A relational, file-based database application, Paradox® lets you store and retrieve data in a variety of ways. To help you track, organize, and compile data, this complete desktop database solution stores information in powerful, searchable tables.
  • Microsoft® Visual Basic® for Applications: Microsoft® Visual Basic® for Applications lets developers build custom business solutions by automating and integrating off-the-shelf software applications to meet specific customer needs.
  • Software Developer Kit (SDK): With the Professional Edition, an SDK is included to simplify deployment and maintenance of the software.

– Additional Resources in the Professional Edition:

  • WordPerfect® Office X3 Deployment Guide: Included as a PDF file, this step-by-step resource simplifies network deployment.
  • WordPerfect® Office X3 Programming Guide for VBA: Included as a PDF file, this new manual is a resource for developing and distributing Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications solutions.
  • Deploying Macros and Templates: Included as a PDF file, this guide provides helpful information on sharing macros and templates with other WordPerfect Office X3 users.

– Content:

  • WordPerfect Office X3 includes 9,500 clipart images, 175 photos, and 900 TrueType fonts.

– Documentation:

  • Help files now provide Zoom In and Zoom Out buttons so that you can adjust the display size.
  • PerfectExpert™
  • Printed 256-page user guide (Retail version of WordPerfect Office X3 – Standard Edition)
  • The user guide is also included as a PDF.

– Minimum System Requirements:

  • Windows® XP (Home or Professional Edition with latest Service Pack), Windows 2000 (with latest Service Pack), or Windows 98 SE
  • 128 MB of RAM (256 MB recommended)
  • 466-MHz processor (Pentium® III or equivalent processor recommended)
  • 575 MB of hard disk space for minimum installation
  • Super VGA, 16-bit color monitor with 800 × 600 or greater resolution
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Mouse or tablet
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer 5.5 or later version

Comparing WordPerfect® Office X3 Editions

WordPerfect® Office X3 – Standard Edition

WordPerfect Office X3 – Standard Edition includes the trusted power of WordPerfect X3 for word processing, Quattro Pro X3 for spreadsheets and charts, Presentations X3 for multimedia slide shows, WordPerfect MAIL for communication, and Presentations Graphics X3 for creating and editing original drawings and bitmaps. In addition, the Pocket Oxford™ English Dictionary, Legal tools, and the WordPerfect OfficeReady template browser are included. Highly compatible, it’s the world’s number-one alternative to Microsoft Office.

WordPerfect® Office X3 – Professional Edition

WordPerfect Office X3 – Professional Edition is ideal for customers who need advanced database functionality, or who have complex or customized installations. It includes everything in the Standard Edition, except for WordPerfect MAIL. It also includes Paradox for relational databases, Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications, and a Software Developer Kit (SDK). In addition, the Professional Edition includes a network deployment guide, a template and macro guide, and a VBA programming guide. The openness of the WordPerfect file format makes it easy for vendors to open and create WPD files. It’s also easy to create custom Dynamic Link Libraries (DLLs) to automate and integrate applications with WordPerfect Office.

WordPerfect® Office X3 – Student and Teacher Edition

An A+ alternative to higher-priced products, WordPerfect Office X3 – Student and Teacher Edition is perfect for students and educators alike. Licensed for noncommercial use, it includes WordPerfect X3 for word processing, Quattro Pro X3 for spreadsheets, Presentations X3 for multimedia slide shows, Paradox for relational databases, and Presentations Graphics X3 for bitmap graphics creation. Plus, the Pocket Oxford English Dictionary and the WordPerfect OfficeReady template browser are included. In addition, the Student and Teacher Edition is licensed for use on up to three PCs per single household. (See the new Home and Student Edition below.)

WordPerfect® Office X3 – Home Edition

Designed with the specific needs of home computer users in mind, WordPerfect Office X3 – Home Edition provides eight leading home PC tools in one complete package. It includes WordPerfect X3 – Home Edition for word processing, Quattro Pro X3 – Home Edition for spreadsheets and charts, two WordPerfect OfficeReady template collections, Corel® Photo Album™ 6 – Standard Edition for managing digital photo collections, Pinnacle Studio™ SE for editing home videos, Pinnacle Instant CD/DVD LE v8 for burning CDs and DVDs, and Norton Internet Security™ 2006 for protection from viruses and other threats. This compatible, feature-rich, value-packed suite is sure to make your entire household’s computing experience more enjoyable, creative, and secure. (See the new Home and Student Edition below.)

WordPerfect® Office X3 – Home and Student Edition (released August 2007)

For more information see the Corel press release (Aug. 27, 2007) here.

WORDPERFECT 12
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WORDPERFECT 11
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From Wordperfect's Help files:

What's new in WP11:

  • Publish to XML - Lets you publish new and existing WordPerfect documents to the XML format
  • WordPerfect Classic Mode - Lets you change your keyboard and environment to the WordPerfect 5.1 color and keystroke scheme
  • Document tracking - Lets you automatically route documents to other users using Outlook
  • Document map - Lets you navigate complex documents
  • Reveal Codes printing - Lets you print documents with the codes in place for easy troubleshooting
  • Conversion utility - Lets you quickly convert documents to the WordPerfect format
  • Other - A new checkbox in Insert, Header/Footer allows aligning the new header or footer with the document margins at that location.

What's different in WP11:

•  Publish to PDF - Now supports Acrobat 5.0
•  Variables - Enhancements to the variables feature make it easier to store, retrieve, and reuse documents
•  Legal tools - Lets you create custom pleading templates, capture case data, and publish documents directly to EDGAR
•  Outlook Address Book - Lets you access data directly from an Outlook address book
•  RealTime Preview - Even more document modifications now work with RealTime Preview
•  Reference tools - Newly designed user interface makes creation of reference tools easier

IMPORTANT:

The original release of WordPerfect 11 (i.e., version 11.0.0.233 as shown in Help>About...) introduced a bug that causes some macros created/edited/played in it (no matter who created them) to fail to terminate properly when played in WP11.0.0.300, and vice versa.

These macros appear to play but do not return to the main document screen and appear to "hang," or else they go into an endless loop.

This problem also affects Corel shipping macros and template macros inside various Corel Projects.

For solutions, see here.

WORDPERFECT 10
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What's new in WP10:

  • Align and distribute tool - Lets you align and distribute objects in relation to themselves and the page.
  • Auto-suggest filename - When you save a document for the first time or as a new file, WordPerfect automatically inserts a suggested filename.
  • Document review margin markers - Lets you add an indicator in the margin of a document to notify the author that the text has changed.
  • Enhanced HTML publishing with Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) support - Lets you convert WordPerfect documents for use on the World Wide Web by using the increased flexibility and advanced page layout and formatting of CSS support.
  • Printing keyboard lists - Lets you print a copy of the keyboard shortcuts. You can export the list to a file, and you can also customize the list.
  • Selecting sections - Lets you select pages, secondary pages, chapters, and volumes.
  • Tables to text - Lets you convert a table to delimited text.
  • Text to tables - Lets you convert document text to a tabular format, based on a user-specified delimiter.
  • Toolbar and property bar pickers - Lets you choose an option for underlining, undoing or redoing, adding drop caps, and other formatting options.
  • Two-page view - Supports Reveal Codes and writing tools.
  • Variables - Lets you insert a variable placeholder into a document and change the contents later, updating all instances of the variable.
  • Zoom tool - Lets you magnify certain areas of a document.
  • With every new version of WordPerfect, certain items are enhanced, others are renamed, and still others are found in a new location. The following table shows the items that have changed in WordPerfect 10.

What's different in WP10:

  • Application bar - You can now display the current language in the application bar (for example, English-U.S. (US)). You can change the language by accessing the application bar.
  • Comments - The enhanced comment bubble is less intrusive, fitting the length of the text only, and leaving no empty space in the bubble.You can also apply formatting to text, as well as insert a graphic, a table, and so on, within the comment bubble.
  • Corel RealTime Preview - This feature has been extended to include QuickFonts, underline, drop caps, and other formatting features.
  • Merge - The Merge feature now allows more fields for each record and an improved keyboard merge dialog.
  • Navigation - The Go to feature now includes bookmarks, hyperlinks, redlined text, equations, graphics, and other items.The Browse by feature has been expanded, and a flyout allows you to select a browse method more quickly.
  • Publish to PDF - Supports hyperlinks and watermarks.
  • Ruler - Elements (for example, left margin adjust) have been redesigned and enlarged.
  • Tables - A Table menu has been added to the menu bar.Cells containing formulas are marked with a colored indicator. You can also copy cell formulas by dragging.The QuickSplit columns and rows button on the property bar lets you split a cell into four cells (columns and rows).The Shadow Cursor now works in table cells.
  • Text selection - You have more flexibility in selecting text with your mouse or keyboard.

IMPORTANT: 

A new feature introduced in WordPerfect 10 affects [1] the way text is selected and [2] the way the cursor moves -- and it can also produce serious problems with some macros in WordPerfect 10 and later versions.

This is the result of a new check box setting in Tools, Settings, Environment: "
Use WP9 text selection". The factory setting is OFF (check box un-ticked) by default -- presumably for the convenience of Microsoft Word users so the program acts the same way when selecting text. Most users of earlier versions of WordPerfect will probably want to turn it ON. (See here for more information.)

WORDPERFECT 9
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[Initial release: May 1999. WPO9/sp4 (complete rewrite - not a "patch") was released in Sep 2000.]

What's new in WP9:

Performance and productivity features

  • Corel RealTime Preview
    • Corel RealTime Preview lets you scroll through and preview several different formatting options, such as fonts, lines, tables, borders, and shading, to see what they look like, without applying those changes to your document.
  • Install-As-You-Go
    • Install-As-You-Go helps you minimize the hard disk space required by WordPerfect Office 2000 applications by including only the bare necessities. If a non-installed item is selected, you will be asked if you want to install it.
  • Embedded Fonts
    • WordPerfect 9 lets you use the Embedded Font feature. If you choose Embedded Fonts when saving your document, your fonts will be compressed and saved with the file data. Now your favorite fonts will go wherever your file goes for the presentation that you expect.
  • Autoscroll
    • Autoscroll lets you scroll through a document without using the arrow keys or the scroll bars. When you point the Autoscroll arrow in the direction you want to move, you can scroll through the document. The scrolling speed increases when you move the arrow further from the Autoscroll tool and slows when you move the arrow closer to the Autoscroll tool.
  • Block-Make-It-Fit
    • WordPerfect 9 enhances the Make-It-Fit feature available in previous versions to allow you to fit sections of your document into a specified number of pages without affecting other areas where fitting specifications may be different.
  • Enhanced charting module
    • The enhanced charting module provides additional chart types and capabilities.
  • Improved accessibility
    • WordPerfect 9 continues to work towards accessibility requirements, including the support of High-Contrast mode, providing keystrokes to the majority of features, using standard user interface controls which make Third Party accessibility tools compatible with Corel applications, supporting large font mode, and providing options under settings to provide flexibility in functionality.
  • Enhanced shapes
    • WordPerfect 9 provides over 100 new shapes. You can choose a shape from any of the new shape palettes or use the Basic Shapes, Arrows, Stars, Banners, and Flowcharting tools. Action buttons prompt the assignment of an action; Call out shapes have pointers that can be anchored anywhere in the document. All shapes have the new Text In Shapes feature, which allows text to be added into the shape on the fly.
  • Visual Basic for Applications Integration
    • Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) lets you develop VBA applications to control WordPerfect 9 through the OLE Automation Type Library. The main object exposed by WordPerfect 9 is the PerfectScript object, which consists of all the functions currently available in the PerfectScript language, making it easier for those familiar with PerfectScript to modify existing scripts and to understand the syntax and parameters required to program the PerfectScript object's methods. These VBA projects are stored within the application document and are easily distributed.
  • Skewed table cells
    • You can skew the top row or the left or right column of a table. Unless you specify otherwise, any text that you type in a skewed cell will be skewed as well. You can also change the angle of the skew and specify other skew options.
  • Enhanced multiple page printing
    • WordPerfect 9 includes additional options for printing multiple pages. You can specify the number of copies you wish to print and whether you want the copies collated. Collating is useful when printing multipage documents. When you enable the Collate check box, a complete copy of each document is printed before the next document is printed; when collating is disabled, all the copies of the first page are printed before the copies of the second page are printed.
  • Print Preview
    • Although WordPerfect 9 creates documents in a WYSIWYG environment, many users have requested a Print Preview option. WordPerfect 9 lets you view your document as a single page or double pages. Print Preview is fully compatible with Corel RealTime Preview, which lets you experiment with formatting options, such as fonts, lines, tables, borders, and shading, without applying them to your document. Print Preview is also fully editable; therefore, you do not have to switch back to regular view to make changes to your document.
  • Browse buttons
    • The browse buttons make navigation within a document more intuitive. WordPerfect 9 lets you navigate through a document in the same way that you navigate through an Internet document.

Compatibility and integration features

  • Enhanced file conversion
    • WordPerfect 9 continues to use the same file format as its predecessorsCorel WordPerfect 6, 6.1, 7, and 8without requiring any conversion from these previous versions. Keeping the same file format lets you convert Microsoft Word and Lotus AmiPro documents while retaining all document data from open to save.
  • In-Place Editing
    • In-Place Editing lets you edit an object without switching to a different window. Buttons and list boxes temporarily change to work specifically with that object.
  • In-Place Activation
    • WordPerfect 9 now uses the new In-Place Activation feature to help further integrate 3rd Party applications into WordPerfect Office 2000. By double-clicking on an OLE object, the editing or development environment native to that object is initiated inside WordPerfect, providing seamless integration of 3rd Party applications.
  • XML capabilities
    • XML (eXtensible Markup Language) provides a platform and application-independent environment for defining document architecture and document markup. WordPerfect 9 lets you create, validate, and save XML documents in a familiar WYSIWYG environment. A structured tree view, shown in a separate window, provides an easy-to-read layout of the full document. WordPerfect 9 automatically inserts and maintains tag pairs to create XML files. WordPerfect 9 provides an editing environment that includes wizards, automatic element insertion, and automatic generation of documents, which makes document creation quick and easy. You can customize menus, toolbars, and keyboard mapping to create your own working environment. WordPerfect 9 incorporates the Document Type Definition (DTD), layout information, and mapping files into a single WordPerfect template.
    • For more information about XML, see the WordPerfect online Help.
  • SGML Editor
    • WordPerfect 9 lets you create SGML documents in a familiar WordPerfect environment. WordPerfect 9 lets you edit, markup text, and validate tags in SGML documents. You can also employ WordPerfect 9 writing tools, such as Spell Check and QuickCorrect. You can hide SGML codes in the document window and use WordPerfect 9 text formatting to make SGML documents easier to read on screen. The SGML editor also provides the following capabilities:
      • structures views of the document, providing a WYSIWYG view on one side of the screen and a tree view on the other
      • enhanced graphics that let you import and export markups with the SGML document
      • writing tools
      • compare features
      • automatic mapping for International Standards Organization (ISO) characters during the DTD compiling process to map multinational characters to the appropriate characters in the SGML Editor. Manual character mapping does not fall within the ISO character sets.
      • enhanced importing and exporting capabilities

Internet features

  • SpeedLinks
    • SpeedLinks lets you create Internet linkshighlighted text in a World Wide Web document that helps you jump to another part of the same document or to another document on the World Wide Web. When you type text that begins with "www," "ftp," "http," or "mailto," SpeedLinks automatically converts the text to an Internet link.
  • Trellix 2 Integration
    • Trellix 2 Integration lets you create and organize professional, effective documents that can be published to HTML. Trellix can make long, complicated documents easy to understand and navigate; the integrated navigation map lets you visualize and access any part of your document quickly. Trellix documents resemble web pages, with easy-to-create links, and you can add spreadsheets, graphics, and other files.

What's different in WP9:

With every new version of WordPerfect certain items are added, others are renamed, still others are found in a new location. The items renamed or moved in version 9 are:

    • QuickSpots QuickSpots
      • QuickSpots provided direct access to editing features for certain objects in a document, such as paragraphs or tables. WordPerfect 9 improves on this idea by including more than 20 different Property Bars that appear when you click on a particular object. Property Bars change to fit your immediate needs. For example, click a table, and the Property Bar displays buttons for table editing tools. Click a graphic, and the Property Bar displays graphics editing tools.
    • PerfectExpert
      • WordPerfect 9 comes with its own built-in expert, which is ready to help you with any task. The PerfectExpert includes the best features of Quick Tasks, templates, and Coaches, combined with information from online Help and the power of a natural language interface to help you with everyday tasks. The PerfectExpert lets you quickly create complex documents using professionally designed templates.
    • Menus
      • The menus in WordPerfect 9 have undergone significant restructuring to improve access to the most frequently used features. The menus are also standardized across WordPerfect Office 2000 applications to make learning each application easier. Right-click the menu to select a menu similar to one you used in a previous version of WordPerfect.
        • The Tables and Graphics menus are not available any more; the editing features for tables and graphics are now available on the Property Bar. Click a table or graphic to display the Tables or Graphics Property Bar.
        • The File, Publish As and File, Send menus are consolidated as File, Send To.
        • The Outline and Bullets & Numbering features are consolidated in Insert, Outline/Bullets & Numbering.
        • The abbreviations feature is renamed QuickWords and is moved to Tools, QuickWords.
        • Help Online, which was used to access additional technical and product information, is renamed Corel Web site.
        • Initial Document Style is renamed and is moved to File, Document, Current Document Style.
        • Initial Document Font is renamed and is moved to File, Document, Default Font.
        • Editing level stylesWhen you organize text using bulleted lists, numbered lists, and outlines, you can create a level style. For example, you can create a style that formats all level two headings in bold italic. In WordPerfect 9, you can edit a level style that you have created, but you cannot edit any of the preset styles provided with WordPerfect.
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What's New in WP8:

Corel WordPerfect Suite 8 adds an updated, more intuitive user interface to a classic product. The new context-sensitive Property Bar, updated toolbars, and streamlined dialog boxes provide a highly tuned and intuitive working environment.

  • Property Bar
    • This innovative and powerful context-sensitive bar changes, depending on the task you are doing. For example, when you are working on a table, the Property Bar displays table tools. When you select a graphic, the Property Bar changes to graphics tools.
  • Application Bar
    • The powerful new Application Bar lets you switch between documents, drag and drop information, and easily work with multiple documents.
  • Corel PerfectExpert
    • The Corel PerfectExpert combines the best features from QuickTasks, templates, Help, and Coaches to help you accomplish your work more quickly. The Corel PerfectExpert can guide you through a detailed project such as creating a resume (even if you want to use other suite applications to create parts of the document), or it can guide you through a smaller task such as inserting a clipart image. The Corel PerfectExpert provides you with galleries of professionally-designed documents to choose from, and you can change the layout and content in any number of ways to match your needs.
  • HTML Support
    • With the addition of HTML forms support, Corel WordPerfect continues to lead the industry in Internet publishing technology. Using the Internet Publisher, you can add form fields to your web document. These fields include radio buttons, check boxes, selection lists, and text boxes, making the gathering of information easier than ever. You can insert sound clips, image maps, and even Java applets to make your page exciting and easy to navigate.
      Corel WordPerfect supports HTML specifications 2.0 and 3.2, and includes some additional browser-specific tags recognized by Netscape Navigator 3.0, Netscape Communicator 4.0 and Internet Explorer version 3.0 and higher.
  • QuickLinks
    • Corel WordPerfect pioneered the ability to link text to documents and bookmarks with the Hypertext feature. Corel WordPerfect 7 added the ability to link to a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) on the Internet. Corel WordPerfect 8 continuesto improve this capability with the QuickLinks feature. When you type text that begins with "www," "ftp," "http," or "mailto," QuickLinks automatically converts it to an Internet link. You can even modify QuickLinks to convert the link to more meaningful terms. For example, when you type "www.corel.com," QuickLinks can replace the visible text with "Corel" and create a link to the Corel home page at URL http://www.corel.com.
  • Intel MMX Support
    • Corel WordPerfect Suite 8 is the first software suite to support the Intel Pentium with MMX technology. You do not need to have a computer equipped with MMX technology to run Corel WordPerfect 8. However, an MMX-enhanced computer can improve the performance of Corel WordPerfect by reducing the time it takes to redraw bitmap and vector graphics and improving speed in other areas.
  • Drawing Layer
    • The new Drawing Layer lets you draw graphics objects directly on top of text, group graphics objects, and set the order of graphics objects. Create lines and shapes with arrowheads, polygons, circles, and more. Add color, gradient fills, and patterns to give extra polish to your documents. You can even draw over the top of clipart or a chart you've inserted into your document.
  • Enhanced Tables
    • Tables have always been a hallmark of Corel WordPerfect. You can insert tables that span the full page width, or just a portion of it. When you a click on a table, the table Property Bar appears giving you one-click access to size rows dynamically within a table and quickly join or split cells with a single click and drag. Formatting is easy using QuickFormat for tables. Simply select the table cell that contains the formatting you like, choose QuickFormat, and apply the format to the cell you want to modify.
  • Grammar-As-You-Go
    • Corel WordPerfect 7 added Spell-As-You-Go, a timesaving feature that lets you correct spelling errors as you type. Corel WordPerfect 8 adds Grammar-As-You-Go, another timesaving feature that lets you recognize and fix common grammar problems as you type. For example, a phrase such as "they is home" is marked in the document. Right-click the marked phrase and choose from a list of possible suggestions, or ignore the marked phrase and move on.
  • Corel Versions
    • Corel Versions solves the problem of trying to control and track multiple copies of the same file. Instead of trying to keep track of all your updates to a file by saving new versions of it under different file names, Corel Versions lets you save the changes you have made to each successive versionof your file.
      With Corel Versions you can:
      • Archive previous versions of your files
      • Retrieve any archived version of a file
      • View any archived version of a file
      • Compare archived files to see the differences between them
      • Attach meaningful information to each archived version that can be viewed in the document history window
      • Track multiple users of a common file
      • Delete any archived file from the history list
      • Specify how many versions to keep in the document history list
      • Protect a specific archived version from being discarded from the history list
  • SGML Editor
    • Using the familiar Corel WordPerfect environment, you can create new SGML documents, edit existing SGML documents, mark up text, validate tags, and improve how your SGML documents are printed. You can also use the power of the Corel WordPerfect writing tools to check spelling and correct typing errors automatically with QuickCorrect. You can hide the SGML codes in the document window and use Corel WordPerfect's text formatting to make the document easier for you to read on screen. Corel WordPerfect provides:
      • A structured view of the document providing the WYSIWYG view of the document on one side and a tree view on the other.
      • Improved graphics support so that graphics and the markup associated with the graphic can be imported and exported with the SGML document.
      • Automatic mapping for ISO characters during the DTD compiling process so multi-national characters are mapped to the appropriate characters in the editor. (Characters that do not fall within the ISO character sets can still be mapped by hand.)
      • Improved importing and exporting to handle white space in SGML documents better.

Where did it go?

    • QuickSpots
      • QuickSpots provided direct access to editing features for certain objects in a document, such as paragraphs or tables. Corel WordPerfect 8 improves on this idea by including over 20 different Property Bars that appear when you click on a particular object. Property Bars change to fit your immediate needs. For example, click a table, and the Property Bar displays buttons for table editing tools. Click a graphic, and the Property Bar displays graphics editing tools.
    • PerfectExpert
      • Coaches walked you through small tasks, such as creating a header, and demos showed you an overview of a particular feature. But they didn't take into account the work you were trying to do right then. The PerfectExpert combines the best features from QuickTasks, templates, Help, and Coaches to help you accomplish your work more quickly. The PerfectExpert provides you with galleries of professionally designed documents to choose from, and you can change the layout and content in any number of ways to match your needs. Novices will appreciate the way the PerfectExpert provides a task-oriented approach to a sometimes overwhelming and complex application. More advanced users will like the flexibility and immediate help the PerfectExpert provides as they use the various features in Corel WordPerfect to create complex documents.
    • QuickFinder
      • QuickFinder is directly available through the Open dialog box. Click File Open, then specify the drive or folder you want to search. In the Filename text box, specify a file type (such as *.wpd) or the file content (such as "Corel WordPerfect"). Then, click Find. Click About QuickFinder for more information.
    • The Insert menu has grown to include several types of document objects such as tables, graphics, watermarks, equations, headers and footers.
    • The Tables and Graphics menus are gone and the editing features for tables and graphics are now available on the Property Bar. Click a table or graphic to display the Tables or Graphics Property Bar.
    • The File>Publish as and File>Send menus are consolidated as File>Send to.
    • The Outline and Bullets & Numbering features are consolidated in Insert>Outline/Bullets & Numbering.
    • The abbreviations feature is renamed to QuickWords and moved to Tools>QuickWords.
    • Help Online, which was used to access additional technical and product information, is renamed to Corel Web Site.
    • Initial Document Style is renamed and have moved to File Document>Current Document Style.
    • MenusThe menus in Corel WordPerfect 8 have undergone significant restructuring to improve access to the most frequently used features. The menus are also standardized across the suite applications to make learning each application easier. Right-click the menu to select a menu similar to one you used in a previous version of Corel WordPerfect.Initial Document Font is renamed and moved to File>Document>Default Font.