Loading Lotus Spreadsheet Files

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 29, 2014)

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Do you have a bunch of older Lotus 1-2-3 files that need converting into Excel 2010 or Excel 2013 files? If so, you may have noticed that neither of the Excel versions include an import filter for Lotus files. It appears that this capability was removed, starting with Excel 2010.

So what is a person to do? There are a couple of possible solutions. One is to get yourself a copy of Open Office (it's free at openoffice.org) and then load the Lotus files into it. They can then be saved out in a format that Excel should easily understand.

Of course, before you install Open Office, you may want to check to see if you have a copy of Lotus 1-2-3 available on any of the systems around your office. If you do, you could simply load the files into that program and then save them out in Excel format. While Excel 2010 may not read Lotus files, it will read older Excel formats quite nicely.

You may also have gathered from the earlier comments that Lotus files could be loaded into older versions of Excel. This is true, so it means that if you have access to a system that has an older version of Excel (such as Excel 2003), you could load the Lotus files into it and then save them in Excel format.

If you have many, many files that need to be converted, you might also think about outsourcing the conversion task to a third-party. There are many companies that offer this service; just do a Web search for a term such as "Lotus to Excel conversion."

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 9 + 2?

2015-09-08 10:53:08

Yogendra Mehta

using Access 2007 VBA this is possible in 2 steps
- use docmd.TransferSpreadsheet
this transfers Spread sheet to Access table
- then use docmd.CopyFromRecordset
this takes a full Recordset, say DAO, then pastes it into Excel slreadsheet

use loop for all the files in a folder

Access 2007 supports importing from WK# files : try this link
https://books.google.ca/books?id=dvCSqaLQ4n4C&pg=PA328&lpg=PA328&dq=access+2007+import+from+lotus+wk3&source=bl&ots=Y2OO2vYy0M&sig=lbTDY3r7Bq1MXA-7KP7MPN8I4sg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CE8Q6AEwCGoVChMI2dqkstbnxwIVAjOICh36_A2F#v=onepage&q=access%202007%20import%20from%20lotus%20wk3&f=false


2015-04-29 18:13:17

Todd

I just tried it, exactly as indicated, and it worked like a charm. Perhaps it was just luck. Save the file in the newest format of Excel file available in Lotus.


2015-04-01 08:31:30

Catherine Hodge

This is a major struggle for me - I have attempted dozens of suggestions for opening .wk3 and .fm3 files with no success. I loaded IBM Symphony which does not recognize the file extensions. The worksheets requiring access follow years of work and effort. It just isn't possible in a reasonable timeframe to replicate this work in Excel 2010.

Simply saving a Lotus 123 doc to an Excel format while in Lotus does not work. I have tried multiple times and several different methods. If I see the Zamzar suggestion one more time I may scream.

Surely it would benefit IBM to have a "Fix Pack" in Symphony or even a stand alone converter for those of us left out in the cold holding our .wk3 files....


2015-03-28 22:08:48

Steve Pike

FYI, I tried opening an old Lotus 1-2-3 *WK3 file with LibreOffice 4.3.5 and got this error: "Read-Error. There is no filter available for this file type."


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