Switching over to a new operating system often raises concerns about existing files. A reader asks: “I am not looking forward to changing to Windows 10. I am still learning things about my former Vista, now Windows 7 added to it. I am afraid I will not be able to open a lot of my documents in the New Windows 10.”
If you’re talking about files saved as documents in Word or WordPad, you shouldn’t have any problem opening them in Windows 10. WordPad is still included with Windows 10 and opens text (.txt), rich text (.rtf), Word documents (.docx), and OpenDocument (.odt). Word will open all of the previously listed file formats as well as .docm, .dot, .dotm, .dotx, .html, .mhtml, .pdf, ,wps, .xml and .xps. If you’re using Windows 7 and upgrade directly to 10, your current Word Processor will likely be unaffected.
Another option would be a free program like LibreOffice. LibreOffice can open .doc, .docx, .txt and many other types of files created in Microsoft Office or other programs.
Another option would be Open Office. This free office suite will also open nearly any type of document file.
Where you might run into trouble is with cards or signs created in various programs that aren’t compatible with Windows 10. You’ll want to use the options in those programs to save your creations as images or documents and not as types of files specific to that program. But that’s a good thing to do anyway.