Preparation

Unzip the downloaded wordstar.zip file into a new folder. Read all of the text (*.txt) files to familiarise yourself with the program, and then temporarily copy the WordStar.dot (or WStar14.dot) file to your Windows desktop, and from there, simply copy the file into your Word STARTUP folder.

The next time you start Word it will use the WordStar Command Emulator.

Installation in Word 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016

To install the WordStar Command Emulator:

  1. In Word Click the large round Office button at the top left of the windows (Word 2007) or the File tab (Word 2010 and 2013), then click Options.
  2. In Word Options, click Advanced.
  3. Scroll to the General section (near the bottom of the page), then click the File Locations button.
  4. In the File Locations window, under File types, click Startup, and then click Modify to display the full path in a folder selector window.

Installation method options

  • You can copy your wordstar.dot file into the Modify Location window
  • You can note down the path to the folder, and then open the folder using Windows Explorer, and then copy the wordstar.dot file into it.

Option 1

  1. Use Windows Explorer to locate where you saved your wordstar.dot file, unless you''ve saved a copy on your Windows desktop.
  2. Click on the wordstar.dot file, and while keeping the left mouse button held down, drag it over the large white area in the Modify Location window, and then release the mouse button.
    The wordstar.dot file should be moved from your Windows desktop into the Word STARTUP folder, although you probably won't see it there, this is normal.
  3. In the Modify Location window, click Cancel, and then in the File Location windows click Close, and then in the Word Options window, click Cancel again.

Option 2

  1. In the Modify Location window,

For Windows 7 and 10

  • Click the folder icon at the left end of the Address bar to expand the full path (by default a clickable "breadcrumb" path is shown for the last few folders in the path - the actual number of folders displayed depends on the width of the window).
  • Either write down this path, or click to the right of it and it will be displayed as a normal path separated by backslashes, and then right-click on it and select Copy.

For all other Windows versions

  • Click the arrow at the right-hand end of the Look in box. The box should be showing STARTUP.
  • Note down all of the folders from C up to and including the folder named STARTUP.
  1. In the Modify Location window, click Cancel, and then in the File Location windows click Close, and then in the Word Options window, click Cancel again.
  2. Use Windows Explorer to locate where you saved your wordstar.dot file.
  3. Right-click on the wordstar.dot file, and select Copy from the pop-up menu.
  4. Using Windows Explorer, browse to the STARTUP folder you noted above (If you copied the path you can paste it into the Windows Explorer Address bar to save the typing).
  5. In the STARTUP folder, right-click in the large white area, and then select Paste from the pop-up menu.
  6. Close Windows Explorer.