Using older WordPerfect Template Projects in newer
versions of WordPerfect
Do you have the original release of WordPerfect 11 (i.e., version
126.96.36.199 as shown in Help>About WordPerfect)? See here for specific issues.
Sometimes Corel stops including certain
Projects (i.e., automated templates) in later versions of WordPerfect
that were included in earlier ones.
Sometimes the same-named Project doesn't work
like it should (e.g., the Memo Project in WP 188.8.131.526 doesn't work
might be able to use an earlier Project in a later version of
NOTE: Some may still be available for
downloading. For example, you can download the English versions of WordPerfect
10 Template Projects from Corel's
FTP site. Please follow the instruction below to make them
available in a later version of WordPerfect.
This method has worked for a
number of users and in a number of versions of WordPerfect. There is no
guarantee it will always work under all circumstances -- particularly
if a Project uses the address book or some other feature that has
changed in some way. Therefore, the method includes a simple means of backing up
two important files.
First, you should know that WordPerfect Projects
-- accessed via File, New from Project (or File, New in WP8) -- are
really just automated templates. However, unlike the automation
you can add to a custom template in the form of prompts or a template
macro (see "Automating WordPerfect
Templates" on the main Tips page), the automation part of a Corel
Project is encoded in a special, separate disk file that has
the same filename as the template but a different filename extension.
For example, the Memo Project is really
composed of two files, Memo.ast (the automation part) and Memo.wpt (the
The "ast" appears to stand for "assistant,"
and this file seems to be responsible for popping up the PerfectExpert
pane on the left side of the document screen, as well as including --
in some Projects -- certain codes ([Named Region]) that perform
automated tasks related to the PerfectExpert options in the left pane.
To function properly, the .ast file requires a
certain pair of .dll files, uawpNNen.ast and uawpNNen.dll,
where "NN" is the WordPerfect version number (e.g., 11, 13, etc.). This
is important in understanding the procedure below.
[The following is modeled after a
general procedure that was first published by Charles Rossiter, Corel
C_Tech, on a Corel newsgroup.]
Let's assume you want to use the Memo Project from WordPerfect 11 in WordPerfect X3 (i.e., version 13, hereafter referred to as WPOX3). The method assumes that both WordPerfect 11 and WPOX3 are
currently installed -- or at least, that you have access to the two
WP11 Memo.* files.
When you create a Memo Project in
WordPerfect 11, the pane on the left side of the screen that appears
when the Memo loads is the PerfectExpert, and is displayed by the
Memo.ast file when you load Memo.wpt. It requires a certain version-specific
pair of files, uawp11en.dll and uawp11en.ast. If you want to use WP11's
Memo Project in WPOX3, you'll need to "trick" WPOX3 into using renamed
versions of these two files -- renamed to what they were named in
In other words, for all Projects,
WordPerfect requires these two files to be the same internally
as when they were originally coded by Corel for the currently loaded
version -- WPOX3, in this case.
However -- and here's the trick -- the
names of these two program files can be different
from the installed versions because the two (older) WP11 Memo files (in
this example) will "call" on them by name if you load the WP11 version
of Memo.wpt in WP X3. (Obviously, if you use several WP11
Projects in WP X3, each of them will also call on these two renamed
files.) WPOX3, on the other hand, "sees" them as WPOX3 program files,
not as WP11 program files, so everything usually works as expected.
Here's the step-by-step procedure to
set up and use the WordPerfect 11 Memo Project so that it works in
WPOX3. A similar method can be used for other Projects from earlier
versions but, again, there is no guarantee they will work. Still, since
the relevant files are backed up, this should not be a problem since
you can restore things to their original state.
1. Close WPOX3 if it is open. Use
Windows Explorer (Start>Programs>Accessories>Windows Explorer)
to locate and select the WPOX3 "..\Template" folder. (On many
systems it is D:\Corel\WordPerfect Office X3\Languages\EN\Template.)
2. Locate and rename these two
Project files -
Memo.ast to Memo.ast-BAK
Memo.wpt to Memo.wpt-BAK.
(This will back them up, just in
3. Go to the WP11 template folder
(e.g., D:\Corel\WordPerfect Office 11\Template) and copy the
WP11 versions of these two Project files into the WPOX3 ..\Templates
You should now have four Memo
Project files in the WPOX3 ..\Template folder:
The -BAK files are the WPOX3 files.
(They don't seem to work in the first release of WPOX3, which is why
this particular Project is being used here as an example.)
4. Locate uawp13en.dll and
uawp13en.ast in the WPOX3 ..\Template folder; copy them to a temporary
folder (e.g., C:\Temp if it exists) and rename them to -
5. Move the renamed copies
back into the WPOX3 ..\Template folder, alongside their WPOX3
counterparts, so that the WPOX3 ..\Template folder now has these files
uawp11en.ast (the new, renamed WPOX3
uawp11en.dll (the new, renamed WPOX3 file)
uawp13en.ast (the original, untouched WPOX3 file)
uawp13en.dll (the original, untouched WPOX3 file)
6. Open WPOX3 and use File, New from
Project to select and Create the automated Memo document. It should
load, and the PerfectExpert pane should work to modify the Memo.
If you follow the above procedure, you
should not have to "refresh" the Project.usr file, since the two Memo
files copied from WP11 have the same names as the WPOX3 originals.
However, if they do not show up, search for Projects.Usr and delete it.
It will be re-created when you next load WordPerfect.
An alternative to the above Memo
Project is to use a Memo macro. See here.