Pocket Word

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  1. Synchronizing Pocket Word Documents
  2. Finding and Replacing Text
  3. Formatting
  4. Saving, Renaming, Moving, and Deleting
  5. Printing a Document
  6. Attaching a Document to E-Mail
  7. Changing Default Options

Pocket Word is a word processing program designed for Pocket PC. Pocket Word allows for synchronization of documents between your desktop computer and your PAC Mate so that you have the most up-to-date content in both locations.

Note: Because Pocket Word has a file size limit of 8186 lines, you may want to use FSEdit as the default editor for .rtf, .txt, and .psw files. For details, please see FSEdit

To open Pocket Word, go to the Start Menu (Windows Key) and press P three times. Then press ENTER to open Pocket Word. The first time you open Pocket Word from the Programs Menu, it opens by default to a blank document so you can immediately begin typing.

After you have created a document, Pocket Word will then open first to a list view where you can choose the document you want to open or create a new document. To select a document in the list view, use the arrow keys to move to the document and then press ENTER. To create a new document, press ALT, N.

Pocket Word has several templates you can use as a default document. These templates contain preformatted text so much of the work is already done for you. To select a template, press ALT and press ENTER on Tools. From the Tools Menu, press ENTER on Options. Press TAB to move to the Default Template combo box, and use the arrow keys to select a template type.

In Pocket Word you can open only one document at a time. When you open a second document, the first one is saved and closed automatically. You can save a document you create or edit in a variety of formats, including Word (.doc), Pocket Word (.psw), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and Plain Text (.txt).

To save a document, press ALT, T to open the Tools Menu. From the Tools Menu, press ENTER on Save Document As. In the Name edit field type a name for your file. If you want your document to get saved in a particular folder, press TAB to move to the next control and use the arrow keys to select a folder. The next control allows you to change the documents format. Since this is also a combo box, use the arrow keys to select a file format. The last control in this dialog designates where you want to save your file. You have a choice of using the Main Memory or Storage Card. To close and exit this dialog, press ENTER.

As you continue to create, synchronize and edit documents, you may find that having all files appear in the list view too cumbersome to navigate. To have your files show in the list view by their respective folders, press CTRL+Y to open the Show By Menu. Next, select the folder that contains the file you want to open or add a new folder by selecting the Add/Delete option from the menu.

In addition to showing files by their respective folders, you can sort files by date, name, size and type. To do this, press CTRL+T to open the Sort By Menu. Use the arrow keys to make your selection.

To delete, copy, rename or move, use the editing commands such as CTRL+X; CTRL+C; or CTRL+H. For more information on these commands, please see PAC Mate Basics, Working with Text, Editing.

To e-mail a document, open the list view of Pocket Word and select the file then press the Application Key. From the context menu use the arrow keys to select the appropriate action.

Synchronizing Pocket Word Documents

Pocket Word documents can be synchronized with Word documents on your PC. To synchronize files of any type, you must first open ActiveSync on your PC and from the Tools Menu (ALT+T) select Options. In the Mobile Device list view place a check in the Files’ check box. When you select Files, a PACMate My Documents folder is created on your PC's desktop. Place all files you want to synchronize with the PAC Mate in this folder. Password-protected files cannot be synchronized.

All Pocket Word files stored in My Documents and its subfolders are synchronized with the PC. ActiveSync converts documents during synchronization.

For more information on synchronization or file conversion, see ActiveSync Help on the PC.

Note:  When you delete a file on either your PC or your PAC Mate, the file is deleted in the other location the next time you synchronize.

File Conversion

Word documents (.doc) and templates (.dot) created in Word 6.0 or later on the PC are converted to Pocket Word documents (.psw) during file synchronization.

Pocket Word documents are converted to Word documents when they’re synchronized back to the PC. During conversion from Word to Pocket Word, most simple text and paragraph formatting are retained and displayed, although some formatting attributes may be changed or lost. For more information, see ActiveSync Help on the PC.

Note:  To use your new document as a template, move the document to the Templates folder.

The section below lists conversion behavior between Pocket Word and Word.

Finding and Replacing Text

Within Pocket Word is a Find/Replace Feature that is very similar to the Find/Replace Feature in Word. With this feature you can search for strings of text or a single word and replace it with other text. To use the Find/Replace Feature press ALT, move to Edit, and press ENTER. From the Edit Menu select Find/Replace. Type the text you want to find. Press TAB to move to the Find button and press ENTER. If you’re replacing text, TAB to the Replace button and press ENTER. Type the replacement text. With this feature you can match case and match whole words. Use the SPACEBAR to check these options. When you are ready to Find a word(s) press ENTER on the Find button.

Pocket Word selects the first instance of the text in the document and displays a window with buttons that allows you to find the next instance or replace the text.


The formatting options available in the Pocket Word Edit Menu are fairly robust. With it you can control point size and font type, determine text attributes such as bold, italic, underline etc., and align, bullet or indent text as needed.

Of course, you can always use PAC Mate’s formatting commands. For more information on these commands, please see PAC Mate Basics, Working with Text.

To format your document using Pocket Word’s Edit Menu, press ALT, move to Edit and press ENTER. If you want to work with the font and alignment, go to Format on the Edit Menu and press ENTER. To work with paragraph alignment, bulleted lists and indentation, go to Paragraph on the Edit Menu and press ENTER.

As you are working in Pocket Word, remember to select the text you want affected, then go into the menus and make your changes. For more information selecting text, please see PAC Mate Basics, Working with Text.

You can also insert the date if you want. To do this press ALT, go to the Tools Menu and from the Tools Menu select Insert Date. The date is then placed into your document at the cursor location.

Saving, Renaming, Moving, and Deleting

When you create a new document, the information you ENTER is saved automatically and named according to the first characters of text entered in the document. In an open document, you can:

Note:  To move or delete multiple documents, in the list view, select the documents. Then, press the Application Key. From the menu, choose Rename/Move or Delete.

Printing a Document

You can print documents from Pocket Word using a USB-Attached printer if you install the PrintPocketCE utility that can be found on your PAC Mate Documentation CD. Be sure to select LPT1 from the port list in the print dialog.

Attaching a Document to E-mail

In the documents list view; select the document and press the Application Key. To select multiple documents, use the SHIFT+UP/DOWN ARROW. Then, press the Application Key. From the Context Menu, choose Send via E-mail.

A new e-mail message is created with the document attached.

Changing Default Options

You can change the defaults for creating and storing Pocket Word documents by going to the Tools Menu and selecting Options in the list view.

Select a template to be used for new documents. You can change this default when creating specific documents. Only documents saved in the Templates folder are listed.

Select a location for storing documents. You can choose between main memory and a storage card, if you have one installed.

Select the type of documents you want displayed in the document list view.