WordStar Emulator

The WordStar Command Emulator emulates most of the WordStar 7.0d keyboard commands within Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2003, XP, 2007, 2010, and 2013. It also emulates the WordStar pull-down menu system in Word 97, 2000, 2003, and XP.

The Emulator, emulates WordStar keyboard commands, it is not a file conversion program. For that function see the WordStar File Conversion section. See Which WordStar commands are supported.

Is the WordStar Command Emulator hard to use?

No, it's very simple. Just copy the WordStar Command Emulator into your Word\StartUp folder and it will be available the next time you start Word.

Full installation details are available to:

Using the WordStar command emulator is then largely like using WordStar itself.

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This program for Microsoft Word allows you to use WordStar style keystrokes within Microsoft Word 97 and later. The keys provided in the registered version of the WordStar Command Emulator include the full cursor movement diamond and many block and other commands; over 100 in total! It also provides WordStar 7 style pull-down menus.

The WordStar Command Emulator is a Microsoft Word Add-in that relies on a mixture of reassigned shortcut keys, macros, and other program code. In more detail, at the time of writing (version 1.1), there were:

  • 52 new key commands for existing Word functions.
  • 65 new key commands for functions not supported directly by Word, each with its own program code.
  • 16 program code procedures to support WordStar functions and the commands above.
  • 8 new forms (dialogs, askers, etc).
  • 13 program code procedures to support the forms.

Version 1.4 of the program (the current version) has added to the Command List (Full Version), and also includes customised Command Pull-Down Menus (not available in Word 2007 and later).

Word stores document style settings in templates, '.dot' files. '.dot' files also store program code that adds extra features or commands to Word, or changes the way in which Word works.

User created macros get stored alongside the style data and this constitutes a template that you either get by default (Normal.dot) or can select when you do File, New.

An Add-in, on the other hand, is always available to all documents whenever Word is running, and contains program code - grown up macros, if you will.

Technically then, the WordStar Command Emulator is an Add-in; the Word 2 template mentioned elsewhere is not, as it replaces your Normal.dot template.

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WordStar Emulator for Word Versions and Purchasing

WordStar Emulator for Word documentation:

  • Microsoft Word versions supported by the WordStar Emulator
  • installation and configuration
  • supported WordStar commands
  • differences between the WordStar command emulator and WordStar for DOS commands
  • WordStar menus in the WordStar Emulator