Open Old Microsoft Publisher Files in Other Programs
By Rick Broida
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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