Microsoft Office 2007/2003 Compatibility

Microsoft Office 2007 is a great package…Outlook 2007 is much more efficient and user friendly, there are loads of new features in all the Office elements (Word, Excel etc) and my favourite part-OneNote 2007-will get it’s own post soon (I hope!) However, If you’re one of the people who hasn’t been able to upgrade yet,for whatever reason (corporate policy, fear, apathy, incorrect planetary alignments etc), it can be a problem when you receive a file saved in the 2007 format (docx, xlsx, pptx etc) and you can’t open it. Getting the file re-sent in the 2003 format takes time and doesn’t always look good..well help is at hand.

The Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats lets older versions of Office (back to 2000) open the new 2007 formats and can be downloaded from:

Some of the new features of 2007 such as extra formatting, formulas etc can be lost when using an older version-so if possible it’s best to upgrade, but until that time this makes it all a lot easier!

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