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Why did they have to go and make the new Word 2007 documents incompatible with earlier versions?!

My Intermediate Accounting instructor had provided some sample multiple choice questions to review before the exam, and I can't open those files. I am not getting Office 2007 again. A few months during the summer convinced me of the inadvisability of that ...


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ehhhhh miyuu

OH! that annoys me so much.

For some reason my school uses both versions despite all the laptops being given out at the same time. so mine has 2007 and most of the other english teachers are earlier versions. any time i make a file for them to share online i end up saving one version for me and then saving one version in the old format, going to a shared computer with the old software, and double checking that it still looks okay or fixing the layout or whatever

GRRRRR!!! *shakes fist at Microsoft


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I hate 'em too, but there is a free compatibility pack at Office Online.


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Oh, thanks for pointing that out!


Me- Smile

OpenOffice?


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I have it. I didn't realize it would work with Office 2007 files...


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Does it? Was just a suggestion, I wasn't sure if it would. My portable version is old, or I'd test myself. I'm about to have to install it on my laptop. If it is, will you please let me know?


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I have version 2.0, and it appears not to support this.


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I've looked and looked, but I can't find any conclusive evidence later versions do. So that may be a wash for now, but might this help you?


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Yes, deslea pointed that out too, and it worked.


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Oh! Teach me to read other comments than my own >.>


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Office 2007 uses even more bloated format than earlier versions, but now it's zipped XML (they tried to mimic OpenDocument, apparently), which is completely different from other versions.

I dunno whether this works, but googling for openoffice supporting openxml turned out this.


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pne

Why did they have to go and make the new Word 2007 documents incompatible with earlier versions?!

The obvious reason would be: to make lots of people buy/upgrade to Word 2007.


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Do you want someone to convert it to you? I'm running Vista, so I could.

Also, maybe you should e-mail the professor and ask them to provide backwards compatible ones.

Irrelevant, but I hate the layout of Office 2007. So hard to find stuff!


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Hallo! I just came by because I saw you had a neato icon in azurelunatic's post, and this one caught my attentio. In addition to the little pack that lets you read Office 2007 documents in earlier versions, your school's inanely high technology fees allow you access to free and discounted software. If you wish to install Office 2007, go here: http://iuware.indiana.edu/default.aspx?platform=1 You will need your school account username and passphrase.

However, I advise playing with it a bit on a lab machine before uninstalling your current one and installing 2007. It definitely has a bit of a learning curve.. I opened a doc on a lab machine with it and went WTF where did everything go?!

>_> Granted, this advice may now be superfluous, but just thought I'd mention it!


winter

Hehe. Thanks for the comment, though I knew about that. And that is what I referred to when I said "I am not getting Office 2007 again. A few months during the summer convinced me of the inadvisability of that ..." ;)

I think I could do it if my laptop was a bit faster, had a bit more RAM. I now figured out some of the stuff that annoyed me about Word 2007.


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