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The Portable Document Format (PDF), a file format developed by Adobe, allows a user to read any type of file, regardless of whether that type of software is. Given the program’s discontinuation, some users may find it useful to convert PageMaker files into other formats. Knowing how to convert a PageMaker file . Adobe PageMaker was developed in as the first desktop publishing software on the market. While the software was replaced in by Adobe InDesign.

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I did not miss it. Accessed 31 December I have just ocnvert InDesign because Pagemaker is no longer available but I have P65 files which have broken links because of new hardware and software and need ho be reconnected in Pagemaker otherwise I just get a blank page. If you don’t see it, select “Rich Text Format” as the type of file you wish to open. Foles to the Edit menu and select “Edit Story.

If you want to use Word to view the text in a Pagemaker file, you will first have to open the file in Pagemaker and then save cobvert text to a separate file in a format readable to Word. But from your very first post it seems that you are already converting to INDD. Alan Sembera began writing for local newspapers in Texas and Louisiana. Adobe’s Pagemaker software was once one of the most powerful page design tools available for the PC.

Under the “File” menu, select “Export” then “Text. Please turn JavaScript back on and reload this page. For what it’s worth, this link to a Convery trial was posted today in another thread and it still works: Launch Word and select “Open” under the “File” menu. This tool uses JavaScript and much of it will not work correctly without it enabled. Can I get Pagemaker from somewhere? No, PageMaker is an ancient program and is not available any more.


tl Your version of Pagemaker should be the same as that used create the file, although in most cases you can use a connvert version of the software. Not that this may be difficult or expensive, you may have one in a cupboard. A Pagemaker document may incorporate several sources of text, so it may be necessary to repeat the process for each “story” found in a Pagemaker document. Navigate to the correct folder; the RTF file should appear on the list.

With an old PageMaker you’d also need a very old computer and very old system. I have just purchased InDesign CS6 but I can’t convert my old PM65 files because the links are broken and I am told to open them in Pagemaker to repair the links before converting.

Or is there a way round this? Open the file as you would any other Word document. Do you still have the linked files available? Pagemaker is not supported in any new system.

References 3 Microsoft Support: I have just cracked this! Tip If you have access to Pagemaker 7. The file opened, some of the captions and headings have moved and some of the most recent illustrations are missing but its OK.

I think you don’t want my answer: If links are missing, you will have to relink them in InDesign. Sorry, Willi, that wasn’t clear; so the question now is, can I get hold of an old Pagemaker from some where, or have I got to completely rebuild the book I’ve been writing for the last thirty years?


I would recommend to leave PageMaker and invest your time only in InDesign.

Depending on which text editor you’re pasting into, you might have to add the italics to the site name. What is not clear with my answer?

The P65 File Extension

If you don’t have PageMaker running you cannot do it. Sembera now writes full time about business and technology. Use your pointer to converr the “object” in the document that contains the text you wish to view in Word. You can not post a blank message.

His professional career includes stints as a computer tech, information editor and income tax preparer. Go to original post. Due to the complexity of the page designs, files in the default Pagemaker format aren’t readily accessible by word processors such as Microsoft Word.

How to Open a Pagemaker Document in Microsoft Word

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Please type your message and try again. Thank you Willi, but I think you have missed the whole point. If the file was originally created in Pagemaker versions 6 or 7, you can also open it using Adobe’s InDesign software, which incorporated many of Pagemaker’s features after Adobe stopped supporting Pagemaker in Now we are getting foles, thank you.