Monday, March 16, 2009

Using Office 2007 files in Office 2003

I am one of those who reluctantly switches to the latest MS versions, be it Windows of Office. I still use Office 2003 applications, and sometimes receive Word 2007 files from clients and friends. No big deal - I have downloaded the MS Office compatibility pack for Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2007 file formats. When I double-click on an Word 2007 file attached to an e-mail message, Word 2003 converts it and opens it. I can open, edit and save such files in the Word 2003 file format. I presume you can do the same with Excel and PowerPoint 2007 file formats, although I have not yet tried these. Note however, that the download size is 27.5 MB for the converter, and as stated on the MS web site, it would take you 1 hour and eight minutes to download it over a 56-Kb connection! Thank God for my broadband connection.

Note also that users of the Microsoft Office XP and 2003 programs Word, Excel, or PowerPoint need to install all High-Priority updates from Microsoft Update before downloading the Compatibility Pack. Does that mean that the converter won't work if you don't download these updates? Maybe so, I don't know. I try to keep my applications updated regularly, so I had no problems in installing the compatibility pack.

Note that users of Microsoft Word 2000 or Microsoft Word 2002 need to see for information to enable Word 2007 documents to be displayed correctly in these versions of Word, if they wish to read or write documents containing complex scripts.

Have a great day!

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