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Software Requires Excel 2003??

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  1. Dance mom

    Dance mom Thread Starter

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    Hi folks,

    I'm attempting to open a file for my daughter who is in college. She has a project that has been saved as a MS Excel Worksheet. She has Excel 2007 and can't open it. So I tried with my Excel 2002 and also can't open it. When I try to open it I get an error message that says: "Software Requires Excel 2003, Action cancelled" and then the whole thing closes.

    I tried downloading and using the Excel 2003 Viewer, however the file appears and asks the user (this is from the writer of the document)"set macro security to LOW and restart".

    There is no option in the viewer to change security levels and I don't think she could actually DO the project with the viewer. I changed the security level in my 2002 program--which didn't seem like a good idea, but I scanned the files and they are clean. --just invisible!

    Anyways, we can't figure out how to open it and buying a copy of a 5 year old program doesn't seem like the correct solution. She's says her professor is not very tech savvy and hasn't offered any help other than to try a different computer.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!
    Thanks!
    Dance Mom
     
  2. slurpee55

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    If you want to email me via my profile and can send the file to me, I will open it in 2003 and save it as a 97 version. I would guess that would help, and you should be able to open a 97 file.
     
  3. Elvandil

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  4. Dance mom

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    Thanks to you both. I'll try Slurpee55's solution first and go from there.

    Shouldn't any newer version of Excel open an older version?

    Thanks again,
    DanceMom
     
  5. slurpee55

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    Yes, it should, except if those have been blocked by the most recent XP update - it blocked a lot of older file formats for security reasons, including those for Office products.
     
  6. Dance mom

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    I have to wonder if anyone else in her class is having the same problem...
     
  7. Dance mom

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    Elvandil,

    I tried the update to the viewer. Still doesn't work. It opens what looks like a title page, but then I can't get anywhere from there. And I get that same error message about needing 2003. I'm looking for the other program you mention, but can't seem to find it. Is it part of MS office?

    Thanks!
     
  8. exegete

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    Howdy. You can download OpenOffice here. It is an open source alternative to Microsoft Office.
     
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