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How Can I Import SalesForce PDF Files into Word?

Salesforce

Episode 1579

Margaret from Washington, DC

Margaret is using Salesforce and working with PDF documents. She needs to figure out a way to transfer those documents into an editor like Word. How does she get them back into Word easily and quickly without having to reformat? Leo says that Salesforce wants users to import them as CSV files, but that strips the document of all formatting. Margaret isn't alone, this seems to be a common complaint with Salesforce. As for how ... it's such a simple thing, but there doesn't seem to be a way to do it.

 

Why is the formatting different in Word for Mac?

Microsoft Word

Episode 1551

Katie from California

Katie edits her student's papers using Microsoft Word on a Mac, and now after a new update, the formatting is all screwed up in a Windows version of Word. Leo says that in theory, Office should be the same cross-platform. That's the point. But it's possible that typefaces may not be compatible in Windows that are in Mac, and vice versa. Her printer setup may also throw off the formatting. Office formats the document to look as it does on the printed page, and if she got a new printer, that could alter the format. So she should change it to a generic printer format.

How strong is the encryption on Microsoft Office documents?

Microsoft Office

Episode 1456

Mike from Riverside, CA

Mike is wondering how good the encryption is in Microsoft Word and Excel documents. Leo says it's actually pretty good and that it's adequate, but not uncrackable. Leo says it's hard to crack stuff on the web when a service can slow the attacker down. But if someone can get a document that's locked and own it, there's nothing to stop them from trying a million passwords a second, and brute-force that document. Having said that, Microsoft has started using strong encryption on documents. The weak link will be the password.

Why doesn't Word read my backup data files?

Microsoft Word

Episode 1449

Carl from Upland, CA

Carl has made backup flash drives, but he can't read the Word Office files that are on them. Leo says that the files are .DOCX files created by Word and he'll need to open them with Word. Instead, what he's seeing is "word salad" which is Word format commands that tell the software what fonts to display, indents, margins, etc. So if his other app doesn't understand the format, he should try using Word's built-in backup solution, then restore it with the other copy of his app. There could be something that gets corrupted in the transfer by just dragging and dropping.

How can I print old 'Word for DOS' files?

Wordperfect 5.1 DOS

Episode 1413

Mike from Los Angeles, CA

Mike used to use Word for DOS for writing screenplays, using stylesheets to handle formatting. Now he's trying to print his old files and he can't, even though he's loading it into Word for DOS. What can he do? Leo says that printing to DOS is fairly ancient. He can copy to LPT1 and print it, but it won't get him the results he wants. He may be able to import them into modern word. The Chatroom says he could try Microsoft Works as an intermediary, if he can find it.

What's the best and most simple writing program for Windows?

Typing

Episode 1143

Ann from Orange County, CA

Ann wants a simple word processor that would have the least amount of distractions for writing. Leo knows of a few great applications for the Mac, such as WriteRoom. Microsoft Word wouldn't be the best option for her in this case.

ScooterX in the chatroom suggests draftin.com. This is a web-based word processor. SublimeText.com also has a distraction free mode, and it's web-based as well.