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Excell 2007 files and Excell 97-2003 compatability problems

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by GEOFF, Jul 9, 2007.

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  1. GEOFF

    GEOFF Thread Starter

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    My old Laptop had Office 2000. My new one Office 2007. A number of my old Excell files I have changed from 97-2003 format to the new one.

    I burned a Excell file to a cd and put it on my wife's pc, but could not open it with her Excell 2000 and when I did open it it was in symbols, not text. My question is, do my files have to be saved as a 97-2003 format Excell file first before being sent to other people with earlier versions of Excell so they can open them? I had someone email me today that they could not open an Excell file i just sent from my new laptop that I have sent them for years every month from my old laptop.

    And is the problem with only old files from my Excell 2000 in my Office 2007 or will I have this problem with even new files I create?
    Thanks.
    G
     
  2. kama64

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    For people to open office 2007 files, with earlier versions need to install the Compatibility Pack http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...70-3ae9-4aee-8f43-c6bb74cd1466&displaylang=en

    So they either need to install that pack or you need to save the files as the 97-2003 format, which I would recommend, since not many people are using Office 2007

    You can change the default save of a word or excel file to the 97-2003, its in the options, click on the Office icon and then click Word or Excel Options then Save
     
  3. GEOFF

    GEOFF Thread Starter

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    Ok, thanks. I think I will work in Office 2007 file format, but if I am sending out a file to someone, I will first save a duplicate copy in 97-2003 format and then send it. I assume a file I work with can be converted from 2007 to 97-2003 format anytime.
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