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    Anybody here ever used Microsoft Word 6.0 (1993) for Mac or Windows? It came with awesome macro capabilities.

    I am currently using Word 6.0 on an older Powerbook G4 (17" 1.67 GHz) to process a gigantic 4,000 page document with the assistance of macros.

    I have a problem, though: That Powerbook is the last Macintosh computer ever produced that will work with Word 6.0. It won't work on any Apple computer with an Intel processor.

    So I was thinking the other day...I wonder if the old Microsoft Word 6.0 Windows version (DOS, I believe) is compatible with Intel processors. If so, and I could get a hold of that Windows version of Word 6.0, I'd be able to upgrade to either a new Apple computer or a new PC for my word processing work.

    Anybody know how that works? And if not, does anyone know of a good Mac forum for discussion of topics related to older Mac computers?

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    The Windows - DOS version of Word 6 will only work on an Intel machine. But you can forget about it working on a Mac or even a new PC.

    Some of our members have experience with old machines and may be some help to you.

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    When Word 6 came out it was considered large and bloated. Personally, I thought it was great. Worked fine on my iMac with OS 9.
    Even if you could fine a DOS version, good luck getting it to run on pretty much anything available now. I don't know of anything currently able to run DOS or even Windows 3.5 and even if it could, don't know if I'd want it.
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    Finish the project you have in your present environment, and then start looking for substitutes. First stop should probably be -- wait for it -- Microsoft Office (the current version). Second stop -- LibreOffice (if option one doesn't work out).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MountainDawg View Post
    Anybody here ever used Microsoft Word 6.0 (1993) for Mac or Windows? It came with awesome macro capabilities.

    I am currently using Word 6.0 on an older Powerbook G4 (17" 1.67 GHz) to process a gigantic 4,000 page document with the assistance of macros.

    I have a problem, though: That Powerbook is the last Macintosh computer ever produced that will work with Word 6.0. It won't work on any Apple computer with an Intel processor.

    So I was thinking the other day...I wonder if the old Microsoft Word 6.0 Windows version (DOS, I believe) is compatible with Intel processors. If so, and I could get a hold of that Windows version of Word 6.0, I'd be able to upgrade to either a new Apple computer or a new PC for my word processing work.

    Anybody know how that works? And if not, does anyone know of a good Mac forum for discussion of topics related to older Mac computers?
    I'm not sure what you are trying to accomplish. It's possible to get Word/Mac 6.0 to work on a recent Intel-based Mac using an emulator like SheepShaver. And it's possible to get a copy of Word/PC 6.0 to work on a recent Intel-based Mac using a virtualization program like Parallels or Fusion. But what's the point?

    You can get a recent Intel-based Mac, and the very latest copy of Microsoft Office:
    Microsoft Office for Mac | Office For Mac
    and though you can no longer open Word 4 and earlier documents in the latest version of Word, you can still open Word 5 and 6 documents if you use the Open dialog box within Word, and the Visual Basic macro language is still the same also.

    Note that while LibreOffice, and the other similar OpenOffice-based suites, are very nice clones of Microsoft Office, they don't use Visual Basic for macros. So your existing macros created in Word wouldn't work in LibreOffice. I also don't know how old of a Microsoft Word file their translators can handle. So, in your case, an OpenOffice-based alternative probably won't be satisfactory.
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    Can you describe the problem you are having? I have Word 6 for Mac running on multiple older Macs (both 68K based and PPC based). I might be able to help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MountainDawg View Post
    does anyone know of a good Mac forum for discussion of topics related to older Mac computers?
    For forums related to older Macs, look no farther than Apple themselves! See:

    https://discussions.apple.com/commun...classic_mac_os
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