WD: How to Obtain Word Viewer for Windows 95
The information in this article applies to:
Microsoft Word Viewer for Windows 95, version 7.0
Microsoft Windows 95, on platform(s):
The Microsoft Windows NT operating system, version 3.51
Word Viewer for Windows 95, version 7.0, is available for download from the
Microsoft Download Center as Wd95vw71.exe.
Microsoft(R) Word Viewer for Windows(R) 95
Microsoft announces the release of Microsoft Word Viewer for
Windows 95, a small program that enables users who do not
own Microsoft Word for Windows to view and print Word
documents exactly as they appear in Word. Word Viewer gives
users the flexibility to view page layout, zoom, outline,
headers and footers, footnotes, and annotations. Word Viewer
allows users to read and print Word documents, but it does
not allow them to edit such files. However, users can copy
information from the document and activate OLE objects from
within Word Viewer.
Thanks to Word Viewer, people who own any version of
Microsoft Word for Windows or Word for the Macintosh(R),
versions 4.0 and later, can now share their documents with
users who do not own Microsoft Word. We encourage users to
copy Word Viewer freely and distribute it to friends and co-
workers along with documents they have created in Word
format. Instructions for distribution can be found later in
Use Word Viewer to View Word Documents Posted on the Internet
This product also allows users who want to post richly
formatted Word documents on the Internet to share such
documents with people who do not own Microsoft Word. To use
this product for viewing Word documents on the Internet,
users must configure their Internet browsing tool to
recognize Word Viewer as a helper application. Please
consult the user's manual of your browsing software to learn
how to achieve this. Documents with the extension ".doc"
will be recognized by Word Viewer as Word files.
Microsoft Word Viewer Is Freeware!
This product is "freeware." Users are encouraged to copy and
distribute Word Viewer to friends and co-workers, or post it
on public electronic bulletin boards.
While Word Viewer allows you to view and print Word documents using the
look and feel of Microsoft Word, the retail version of Microsoft Word
contains all the award- winning document creation and editing features that
make everyday word processing tasks easier.
For information about how to purchase Word, see the Microsoft Word site on
the World Wide Web at:
System Requirements for Using Word Viewer
- A personal computer with a 386DX or higher processor
- Microsoft Windows 95 operating system or Microsoft
Windows NT(TM) Workstation operating system 3.51 or later
- 4 MB of memory for Windows 95 (6 MB recommended)
- 12 MB of memory for Windows NT Workstation
- 3 MB of hard disk space (6 MB free for installation
- VGA or higher resolution graphics card
- Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device
Installing Microsoft Word Viewer
Word Viewer for Windows 95 is available on the CD-ROM
version of Windows 95. (It is not distributed on the Windows
95 floppy disks.) On the CD-ROM, Word Viewer is located in
the Other\Wordview folder.
Word Viewer is also available for download from several
online information services, listed below under "Sources for
Word Viewer." To obtain Word Viewer, download Wd95vw71.exe
and place it in an empty folder on your hard disk.
Wd95vw71.exe is a compressed, self-extracting file. After
you download Wd95vw71.exe, run it to extract the files it
Read the Install.txt file, then run Setup.exe to install Word
Viewer. Note that Setup must install Word Viewer into a
different folder than the one where you extracted the files.
Setup will propose "Program Files\Wordview" as the default
location on Windows 95 (C:\WordView on Windows NT 3.51).
If Word Viewer Setup detects Word for Windows (version 6.0
or later) on your computer, it will prompt you to determine
which application should open Word documents by default. For
example, the default program is used to open files with .doc
or .dot file extensions when they are double-clicked in the
Windows 95 shell or Windows 95 Explorer. If you choose Open
With Word, Word for Windows will be used by default to open
Word files. If you choose Open With Viewer, Word Viewer will
be used by default to open Word files.
NOTE: If you choose Open With Viewer and you later want to
restore Word for Windows as the default program for Word
documents, you must run the Word for Windows (or Office for
Windows) Setup program again and choose Reinstall.
After Word Viewer is installed, you can delete the folder you ran Setup from. However, if you plan to distribute Word
Viewer, either online or on floppy disks, you will need the files in the original folder. See "Distributing Word Viewer" below for more information.
To run Word Viewer, click the Start button on the Windows 95
Taskbar and point to Programs. Microsoft Word Viewer should
be located there. Alternatively, you can run Word Viewer by
double-clicking the Wordview.exe file in your
"Program Files\Wordview" folder. (On Windows NT 3.51, Setup
will create an icon for Microsoft Word Viewer, with the proposed
location being the Microsoft Office group.)
For additional information on using Word Viewer, see
Readme.doc, located in the same directory as Word Viewer. To
view this file, run Word Viewer, click Open on the File
menu, open your Word Viewer folder, click Readme.doc, and
Distributing Word Viewer
If you are posting Word Viewer to a Word Wide Web (WWW) home
page, please post both the Wd95vw71.exe and the HTML
equivalent of this document.
If you choose to distribute Word Viewer on floppy disks, you
will need the individual files that were extracted when you
double-clicked Wd95vw71.exe. Copy these files (not including
Wd95vw71.exe) onto two formatted high-density floppy disks
for further distribution. (You will need two disks because
all the files will not fit on one disk.)
NOTE: Setup for Word Viewer can NOT be run directly from
these floppy disks. To install Word Viewer from these disks,
all the files from the two disks must be copied into one
empty folder on the hard disk. The user must then run Setup
from that folder. Please label the disks with these
instructions when distributing them to other users.
IMPORTANT: Merely copying the product files from your
installation of Word Viewer to another computer will not
install Word Viewer properly. Word Viewer must be installed
using Setup.exe to properly configure its settings in the
Word Viewer Technical Support
The Readme.doc in the Word Viewer folder contains an
extensive list of online sources for additional technical
Microsoft also offers Word Viewer support on the standard Microsoft Word
for Windows Microsoft Technical Support phone line, at (425) 462-9673.
Sources for Word Viewer
The following file is available for download from the Microsoft
Download Center. Click the file name below to download the file:
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