How to Open Office 2007 Documents in Older Versions of Microsoft Office

With Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft introduced a new set of file formats: .docx, .xlsx, and .pptx, all not compatible with previous Microsoft Office versions. So if somebody sends you a Word 2007 document and you use Word XP, an error message awaits you. These are kind of situations when you wish if you were using some web based office suite services and not MS Office!

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Office 2007

Why Office 2007 documents don’t open in older versions of MS Office?

Microsoft has added new Office Open XML Formats to Microsoft Office Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007 and Word 2007. The new formats help by improving file and data management, reducing file sizes, and improving recovery of damaged files. Office XML Formats uses a ZIP compression technology to store documents. So if you receive a document that someone has saved in Office 2007 format, but all you have is an earlier version of Office that can’t read it, there are some steps you need to take.

Luckily, the fix is easy: Download and install the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats. (Take special care to read the Overview on that page – it’s important that you have all High Priority updates from Microsoft Update installed before you install the converters.) The compatibility pack works with Office 2000, Office XP and Office 2003.

So if you have Microsoft Office 2003 on your computer and your friends are using Office 2007 and sending you e-mail with attachments, this is your way to convert Office 2007 files to into Office 2000, 2003 or Office XP format and open e-mails from Office 2007.

MOCPWEP2007FF enables you to open/edit/save Office 2007 documents in Office 2000, 2003, or XP without any work on your part. Just make sure that your office has the latest Service Pack installed – either SP3 for Office 2000 and XP, or SP1 for Office 2003.

But what if you don’t use Windows? What if you are a Mac or Linux user? Still then don’t worry. To convert the .docx file, use one of the several online converters that convert docx files into doc. With most of these converters, all you have to do is — upload your file, select your preferred format (.doc is just one choice), and enter your email address. In a moment, you should get a note containing a link to download the converted file. And most of such services are free service.

With MS Office 2010/2011 round the corner for release, it would be interesting to watch if Microsoft changes its file format, again!

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