Open Old Microsoft Publisher Files in Other Programs

When reader Sarah joined her neighborhood association, she inherited the old neighborhood directory--in Microsoft Publisher format. She wants to update the directory, but doesn't own a copy of Publisher (and doesn't particularly want to, either).

My first thought? Zamzar, the Web-based file-conversion service. I've used it in the past when I needed to bring old documents into newer programs.

But does it support Publisher, I wondered? I won't keep you (or Sarah) in suspense: It does!

In fact, Zamzar can convert Publisher's PUB files to a wide range of formats, including Word (DOC), OpenDocument (ODT), PDF, HTML, Rich Text Format (RTF), and more. (See Zamzar's Conversion Types page for a complete list.)

The service is ridiculously easy to use: Choose the file you want to convert, choose the desired format for the conversion, and then supply an e-mail address.

After the file is done uploading and Zamzar has completed the conversion, you'll receive an e-mail with a link for downloading the new file.

That's all there is to it! Best of all, Zamzar is free. Give it a try the next time you have an old file you're having trouble opening.

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