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jmsralnc

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Running Microsoft XP Professional - SP2 w/ latest

MS Word - Help/About - shows MS Word 2002
MS Visio - Help/About - shows MS Visio 2003
MS Excel - Help/About - shows MS Excel 2002
MS Outlook - Help/About - shows Outlook 2002

How do I update to Office 2003? Or even just Word 2003? I have been to vendor sites including Microsoft and e-Bay and can NOT make heads or tails about what I need to do.

The reason this has come up is I am trying to write macros/procedures and use Controls and/or Forms in MS Word and cannot get Controls and/or Forms and/or Macros to work (using SAMS Word 2000 VB Ref and MS VB Ref downloaded from MS Web site). I am writing this stuff for a friend who is running 2003.

Obviously, I am a rookie, yet still a once-proud MS Word aficionado who could make Word stand on its head :D and impress and amaze associates and impressionable and voluptuous admins and potential employers etc., etc., etc., ...zzzzzzz...whuh?!?!huh??snork...

If I need to upgrade, it is not evident to me. I'd be GLAD to have an excuse to spend the money.

I am appropriately embarrassed, but at this point I do not give a rat's ***. Is it me, or should this stuff not be easier to figure out? (It's probably me)

Any help given is appreciated.

Thanks for any help you can give.
 
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They are all part of the complete Office Suite and can't be updated individually. It looks like they are separate apps, but the Office installer lets you choose which you want and they are all part of the suite.
 

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Thanks for the response.

Do I need to upgrade to Office 2003? If so, what is the best avenue?
 
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Get a copy of Office 2003 if that is the one you want. The installer has all kinds of options and you can install the parts that you want and leave out those you don't. But if you are upgrading, why not newer than 2003?
 
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Doesn't Office 2003 really contain Word 2002?

Perhaps you rerun the installer (with the original media) and make sure each and every bit is installed to 'Run from My Computer'.
 

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No particular reason no to upgrade to 2007. Thought 2003 might be cheaper but I cannot seem to find it anywhere.

Thanks for the help.
 
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jmsralnc said:
No particular reason no to upgrade to 2007. Thought 2003 might be cheaper but I cannot seem to find it anywhere.

Thanks for the help.
That's what I was thinking. It would be much cheaper, for sure, but you'd have to wait until someone had one on Ebay or somewhere.

This may not be the way you want to go, but Open Office is free and has very good compatibility with MS Office. You may not want to switch to it entirely (though that's a thought), but you may be able to use it temporarily to solve some problems.
 

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I upgraded to Office 2007. Because I am a student I only had to pay $80.

This was the right choice for now. I am doing Word automation for a client and need to know the files are compatible and have support.

Will definitely check out Open Office. Perhaps we can look forward to a time when we can serve our clients more efficiently.
 
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