What Is a WPD File?

How to open, edit, and convert WPD files

Screenshot of WPD files in Windows 10 that open with Microsoft Word
WPD Files.

A file with the .WPD file extension is a text document. What kind of text file it is depends on the program that's using it; there are three main file formats that utilize the WPD file extension.

The most likely scenario is that you have a WordPerfect Document file, which is a WPD file that was created by Corel's WordPerfect application. It might have tables, text, images, and other objects stored within the file.

The Swiftpage Act! contact management software (previously known as Sage ACT!) uses WPD files too, and it most likely is truly text-only (no images or other objects).

602Text is another program that can make WPD files. It creates what's called a Document file (much like WordPerfect) that might contain anything a regular word processor created document supports, like tables, custom formatting, images, text, footnotes, form objects, etc.

How to Open a WPD File

WordPerfect is the primary program associated with WordPerfect Document files, so you can use that application to open the file. However, you can open that kind of WPD file with LibreOffice Writer, FreeOffice TextMaker, Microsoft Word, and ACD Systems CanvasX as well. NeoOffice can open WPD files on a Mac.

Note: The LibreOffice and FreeOffice programs can open and edit the WPD file but then you have to choose a different document file format to save it to when you're done, like DOCX or DOC.

The Act! program from Swiftpage can open a WPD file that's in that format.

The third application that creates WPD files is called 602Text, which is part of the 602Pro PC Suite program from Software602. However, the final version was last released in the early 2000s, so there isn't a current download link available. You can, however, still get it through Archive.org.

The 602Text Document file format was developed to be compatible with Microsoft Word, so some versions of MS Word might support the format too. However, it might not render images correctly and would probably only be useful if the majority of the WPD file is text-based (in which case you could even use Notepad++).

How to Convert WPD Files

Since there are three WPD file formats to consider, you need to know which one your file is in before deciding how to convert it. Even though two of them (WordPerfect and 602Text) are similar in that they're both documents used by word processors, you need to use a separate converter for each.

For WordPerfect files, convert the WPD file to DOC, DOCX, PDF, PNG, TXT, ODT, etc., with Zamzar. It's a free online WPD converter, so you can use it without installing any extra software to your computer; just upload the WPD file, choose a conversion type, and then download the converted file back to your hard drive.

Note: Doxillion is another WPD converter for the WordPerfect file format but it's an actual program you have to install.

Use 602Text through the link above to convert a WPD file in that format. Use the File > Save As... menu to convert it to a Template file with the WPT file extension, or to DOC, HTML/HTM, CSS, RTF, PDB, PRC, or TXT.

If an Act! WPD file is able to be converted to any other format, it's most likely accomplished through the Act! program itself. Open the WPD file there and try an Export or Save As menu to see which formats, if any, the file can be saved to.

Tip: If after you convert the WPD file with one of these tools, you need it to be in a different file format that isn't supported there, consider running it through a free file converter. For example, to convert a WordPerfect WPD file to JPG, you can use Zamzar to first save it to PNG, and then convert the PNG to JPG with an image file converter.

Still Can't Open the File?

The first thing to check for if you can't open your WPD file is that you're using the correct program. 602Text should not be used to open WordPerfect Document files, and neither should the reverse be tried (opening a WordPerfect file with 602Text).

Are you for sure opening the file in the right program but it's still not working? Maybe you're not actually dealing with a WPD file. Some file formats use file extensions spelled very much like "WPD" but have nothing to do with any of the file formats mentioned above.

For example, WDP files look very similar to WPD files but are used for the Windows Media Photo file format and AutoCAD Electrical Project file format, meaning that they only work with image viewing applications or, in the case of the latter format, Autodesk's AutoCAD software.

If you find that you don't actually have a WPD file, research the file extension that you do have, and you'll find which programs can open and convert that particular file.