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    Word files from my pc now on my Mac

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    Word files from my pc now on my Mac
    Whenever I try to open files in Word, I get an error message saying that there are problems with the contents or the file name, or that they might contain an invalid character. I also cannot save word files--it won't recognize the file name.

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    Word files from my pc now on my Mac
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    Chances are that the error message is 100 percent accurate -- that you have / or * or other "illegal" characters in your file names. Solution: rename the files.

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    Word files from my pc now on my Mac

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    Word files from my pc now on my Mac
    I've had my mac with office word for about 4 months. Lately I get error messages when I try to open an existing xml doc or even try to save a new one. The error messages say that there are problems with the file name or might contain invalid characters. Please help!

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    Please do not start a new thread. Your question was already answered in this current thread. Both posts have been merged together.

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    Word files from my pc now on my Mac

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    Okay. How do I rename files? Keep in mind that this means ALL of my files--both those transferred from my PC and those created on my Mac. Also, how do I rename files I'm trying to save?
    Could this be related to the message I keep getting about replacing my Normal.dot file?

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    Word files from my pc now on my Mac

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    Could you give an example of a file name you are trying to use when you get this msg?

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    Word files from my pc now on my Mac

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    most of my files end in docx
    example:
    Frida.docx
    audio insight 7-7-12.docx
    but also:
    2420 Phil Ct. pdf

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    Word files from my pc now on my Mac

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    Hey hollynchase,

    I see the problem. The file extension .docx is an MS Office extension not compaitble with MACs. Here is a link for converting them Convert .docx files to .txt

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    Word files from my pc now on my Mac

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    Thank you so much! I'll try that. But, I'm curious, do you have any idea how this could have happened? I bought Office for Mac at the same time I bought my Mac Mini (5 months ago) and Word was working fine until last week. So how did this incompatibility arise?
    And, why can't I save new docs?
    I really appreciate your input. There is no Apple Store in Redding, and the local Best Buy is not too responsive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mini_mi View Post
    Hey hollynchase,

    I see the problem. The file extension .docx is an MS Office extension not compaitble with MACs. Here is a link for converting them Convert .docx files to .txt
    Where did you get that from? The extension *.docx is compatible with both Mac Office 2008 and 2011. It's also compatible with Windows Office. The extension is for Word files and works both on the Mac and PCs.

    His problem is that the files have illegal characters in them not because the extension is .docx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollynchase View Post
    Thank you so much! I'll try that. But, I'm curious, do you have any idea how this could have happened? I bought Office for Mac at the same time I bought my Mac Mini (5 months ago) and Word was working fine until last week. So how did this incompatibility arise?
    And, why can't I save new docs?
    I really appreciate your input. There is no Apple Store in Redding, and the local Best Buy is not too responsive.
    Don't try it, he's wrong. There is no problem with the file extension. The problem is that you have illegal characters in the file names. The files have to be renamed to remove the illegal characters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Don't try it, he's wrong. There is no problem with the file extension. The problem is that you have illegal characters in the file names. The files have to be renamed to remove the illegal characters.
    chscag,

    I am perfectly aware that you can use docx files in both the newer MAC versions of office and pages. Does not explain why the OP would get the error he is getting in ALL the files he is working with. Now is possible he is trying to use illegal characters in every document, but imho unlikely. Hence my recommendation he try converting some of the files.

    To the OP,
    If you are using file names that include characters such as !@#$%-, you will get the message for illegal characters.

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    I am perfectly aware that you can use docx files in both the newer MAC versions of office and pages.
    That's fine, but your reply was confusing because *.docx is OK to use and the OP stated he just purchased Office along with his Mac 5 months ago.

    As I stated above, that file extension has been used since Mac Office 2008 and even before that on Windows PCs.

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    hollynchase, please verify that you are a female
    (unless you'd prefer not to)

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    so, I'm really confused now. I don't think my files have either illegal characters or names. I tried renaming a file--no luck. same message.
    I'm beginning to feel desperate.
    I'm thinking that Word was just fine until about two weeks ago when I added a CD drive previously not on my Mini Mac. The CD (a tutorial) opened in Word and worked fine, but after that, I started getting the "Do you want to replace existing Normal.dotm?" messages, and then the illegal character messages, and then, I discovered that I couldn't even save newly created files.

    what to do? BestBuy wants me to give them $200 and bring my less than 6 month old Mini Mac in. I think if I'm going to throw money at this, I'd rather hire a local Mac expert to come to my home. I keep hoping this is just me and not the machine . . .

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