this is just my best guess but:
in your system folder/application support/appleworks you should find a folder called translators with about 23 extensions that should go in your extensions folder.
try moving 'em over, and maybe restart *.
let me know how you go. i might try it myself (so far i've been using Office2001 if i have to open that sort of stuff).
* on second thought, maybe don't try this: i only got this idea 'cause double-clicking on individual translators says they belong in the extensions folder. but my appleworks opens and converts MS files with the translators staying where they are.
[ 01-15-2002: Message edited by: posthumanus ]