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Solved: How can I open Office 2010 documents on a computer that has only Office 2003?

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by helpseeker, Aug 18, 2011.

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  1. helpseeker

    helpseeker Thread Starter

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    I'm running Windows 7 on my new computer, which came with a trial version of Office 2010. Rather than buy the full version when the trial expired, I installed the Office 2003 I had on my old -- now dead -- computer. I now find that I can't open the Word and Excel files I created with the 2010 version. Is there a 'cloud' site where I could send the 2010 files and have them returned to me as standard .xls and .doc files? Or is there a free converter available for download?
     
  2. Keebellah

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    Download and install Microsoft's compatability pack.
    It's free and it works
     
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    helpseeker Thread Starter

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    Thanks, guys!

    I'm not sure if my 2003 has any service packs. How can I find out, and if it doesn't, I suppose I can get them at Microsoft, right?
     
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    You need to install the compatibility pack regardless. To find the SP level go to Help > about in any of your office programs.
     
  6. helpseeker

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    Again, thanks. I have SP3, so I should have success with the compatibility pack.

    I'll now mark this thread closed.:rolleyes:
     
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