Important information you should know about WordPerfect
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Know your WordPerfect
- Some macros -- and
some tips and troubleshooting suggestions -- work only in specific
versions and builds of WordPerfect. Also, on support sites such as WordPerfect Universe, this information is almost always requested
if you have a problem or want some advice. Here's how to find the build number:
- Look in
WordPerfect's Help menu (<F1> key), and click "About WordPerfect". You will see a four-digit number like
126.96.36.1990 or 188.8.131.528. The first part of the number is the major
version number (e.g., 11 or X3); the last part is the minor version
number, or specific "build." [To find out about which updates are
available, see the WordPerfect Universe FAQ.]
- Tip: If you can't get into the WordPerfect
program, you can find the build number in a small text file in the root
directory of the installation CD, named Volinfo.txt. You can
open this file in Windows by double-clicking on the name in Windows
Explorer or My Computer.
- Is your version of WordPerfect
up to date? See What
"version" of WordPerfect do I have; what updates are available for my
version? in the FAQ Forum at WordPerfect
Universe. It contains important information and links to the Corel
download pages for WordPerfect Service Packs ("patches").
- Also, for
troubleshooting purposes it is often helpful to know your edition of
Professional, Student & Teacher (now repackaged as Home &
Student), Home, Small Business, Family Pack, Trial, OEM, etc. Different
editions might omit some third-party features. See the file,
Volinfo.txt, in the root directory of your installation CD. Then see here.
About this site
- Most macros on this site have instructions, comments, or tips about their
- You'll find them on the macro's
download page, and/or in a separate document inside the download (ZIP)
file. They are also found at the top of the macro's code (macros can be
opened like any other WordPerfect document to view their contents).
- Some macros on this site will not
work (or work properly) in very early releases of WordPerfect.
about documentation and instructions for these macros, making
modifications, downloading and support, etc., can be found here.
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WordPerfect 11 (only)
macros in WordPerfect 184.108.40.206 (the original release) and 220.127.116.110 (Service Pack 1) or higher "build" of WP11
- Specific version ("build")
numbers can be found in WordPerfect under Help>About WordPerfect...
- This is not
an issue is WordPerfect 12 and later versions. It
only affects the initial release of WP11
A problem with
In the original
release (or "build") of WordPerfect 11 (i.e., build 18.104.22.168) there is a bug
(see Note 1 below) that causes some macros
created/edited/played in that version -- no
matter who created them --
to fail to terminate properly when later played in WordPerfect 22.214.171.1240 (or higher build of WP11), and vice versa.
1. The 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.
2. This is a major
problem, and it will also exist in the 30+ macros shipped with
WordPerfect 126.96.36.199, since they were originally compiled by Corel
in that release (see Note 2
3. The problem will
also exist in some Project templates (File > New from Project) that
use template macros
(see Note 1 below).
4. Moreover, some standard WordPerfect features "call" on a shipping macro
when you access that feature.
One solution is to open each macro (after applying at least Service
Pack 1) as you would any document, add a space character, delete
the space, and then click Save & Compile on the macro toolbar to
"recompile" the macro.
Here's a tip from Charles Rossiter:
"The good news is that you can do
this en masse as follows: Open a macro in WPWin188.8.131.520 (or later
build) and add a space. [Click on] Compile and Save to ensure that
PerfectScript 110 is active. Then in a Windows Explorer window,
right-click on all the macros, and select Compile."
Alternative to the above tip:
Here's a WordPerfect 9+
macro in a ZIP file to do this for you for all macros in a specified
folder (such as the shipping macros folder): Recompiler.zip, v1.02, 19,123
bytes, 06/08/09. It opens each .WCM file (or whatever filename
extension is otherwise specified in a drop list), one at a time, and
adds/deletes the space, then saves the file. It can process up to 1000
files of a specified type (e.g., .WCM files or .FRM files) in a folder.
Be sure to back up your macros before playing it.
[You can change its menu defaults by editing it (Tools, Macro, Edit).]
A better solution is to refrain from playing any macros in version 184.108.40.206
(the original release) until you can patch the program with at least
Service Pack 1 (SP1). See also the Notes below.
There have been several Service Packs
issued by Corel since the initial release of WordPerfect 11. See
this FAQ on WordPerfect Universe, which describes the various
releases of WP11 and also explains how to download and apply the
appropriate patches for each release.
[UPDATE, 2011: The WordPerfect
Universe FAQ linked above gives some important information, but the location
of the patches for many older versions of WordPerfect has changed, as
noted in the first post in the FAQ thread. (As you might imagine,
and which is true of many software companies, Corel does not
support outdated versions of the program.) You might still be able
to download them directly from an older Corel FTP site here: ftp://ftp.corel.com/pub/WordPerfect/wpwin/.
But be sure to read the remainder of this section before applying any
patches to WP11.)
For example, Service Pack 3, issued in
March 2005 (for the Standard Edition only), will bring your version up
You need to have Service Pack 1
installed to apply later patches. You cannot apply Service Pack 2 or 3
to the initial release (220.127.116.11) of WordPerfect Office 11; you must
apply Service Pack 1 to the initial release first.
Service Packs and Patch Notes can be
downloaded directly from the WordPerfect Office FTP site here. Be sure to
read the relevant Patch Notes before installing SP1 or other
The download patch file has an .MSP
filename extension; once downloaded to your hard drive (not a CD-ROM
drive), insert your original WP11 CD#1, and double click the patch's
filename to update WP11. If the install does not start when you
doubleclick a downloaded Service Pack with a .MSP filename extension,
it may be because that extension (.MSP) may have been associated with
another Windows program (Microsoft Paint?)
Try this: Click on the Windows Start
button, then Run. Then type something like this, including the quote
marks as indicated, as well as the path and name of the patch file:
/p "[path\name of update MSP
EXAMPLE (using SP1)
An alternative to downloading the
patches, which are quite large, is to call Corel at 1-800-772-6735
(North America; for other countries see this FAQ)
and see if they will send a replacement CD for your release (Standard,
Family Pack, Productivity Pack, Dell OEM, etc.) to bring it up to the
latest version. Usually they can do this for a small shipping charge.
Have your serial number handy. See here
fore more on ordering CD replacements. Note that the shipping macros
and Project templates installed by that CD will still need to be
recompiled (see Note 1 below).
Heather Blaine (Corel) has
"...a small set of macro
tokens got mis-aligned in the original release. Recompile your macro in
version 11, SP1, and all will be good again."
This means that after
updating the original release of WP11 you will have to recompile
WP11/SP1/SP2's template macros, too.
Many shipping templates ("Projects") come with embedded macros that
perform certain tasks.
You can download recompiled
template Projects (in several smaller ZIP
files) at WordPerfect Universe (see this
thread). They contain the shipping templates/macros and two new
term paper templates -- the American Psychological Association (APA)
and the Chicago Manual of Style (Turabian). (Courtesy of Charles
Rossiter, Corel C_Tech, posted 08/12/2003).
Apparently this bug affects
WordPerfect shipping macros. You should recompile them
(see the tips under the SOLUTIONS section above). See Tools, Settings,
Files, Merge/Macro for the locations of the default and supplemental
macros folders. Shipping macros will include Abbrev.wcm, Concord.wcm,
and several dozen others.
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and later versions
you enable the "Use WordPerfect
9 text selection" option?
How is text selected
now, compared to earlier versions? How does your cursor move?
How are your macros
affected by these changes?
A new feature introduced by Corel in
WordPerfect 10 (see Tools, Settings,
WordPerfect 9 text selection") -- and present in all later versions! -- can cause
problems with macros, and can even make some macros unreliable. Read about this issue and the workaround
code you can add to your macros.
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and some later versions
macro warning messages about "obsolete" commands
Starting with WordPerfect 9 (Service Pack 4), Corel implemented warning messages about "obsolete" macro
commands. Most often, these can be ignored, as explained here.
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