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Office 2007 Compatibility with Older Versions

Current users of Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003 will not be able to open files created in Office 2007 without first installing the MS Office Compatibility Pack or asking the creator of the file to save as an Office 2003 version.

Link to the MS Office Compatibility Pack: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=941B3470-3AE9-4AEE-8F43-C6BB74CD1466&displaylang=en

By installing this to Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003, you will be able open, edit, and save files using the file formats new to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007. The Compatibility Pack can also be used in conjunction with the Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer 2003, and PowerPoint Viewer 2003 to view files saved in these new formats.

If you do not choose to install the compatibility pack, you can save Office 2007 files in the older 2003 version to share with others still using older versions of Office. The example below for Word will apply for Excel and PowerPoint.

Saving a Word document in Microsoft Office 2007

  1. Click on the Microsoft Office Button, and then point your mouse pointer to Save As.
  2. In Save a copy of the document, click Word 97-2003 Document.
  3. In the Save As dialog box, in the Save as type list, click on Word 97-2003 Document. In the File name box, type a name for the file.
  4. Click Save.

Microsoft Word 2007, click the round icon in the upper left hand corner

When the menu opens up, point to Save As

Click where it says "Word 97-2003 Document"

Step 1: Type a File Name, Step 2: Click the "Save as type" list, Step 3: Select "Word 97-2003 Document"

Click the Save Button

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