If you’re using Microsoft Office 2003 or 2004 and have received Office 2007 or 2008 documents you can’t read, there is help out there. Hampshire IT is planning to convert all users on campus to the new versions of Office over the coming months, but in the meantime there are ways to read those new file formats. Read on to find out how to download file converters to solve this problem.
Microsoft Office 2007 (PC) and 2008 (Mac) introduced the new file formats docx, xlsx, and pptx. These new file formats will eventually be standards, but this is a transitional time, and many users are still using the old versions of Office.
If you have Microsoft 2007 or 2008, it’s best for now to set the save options to save files in the old formats. If we installed Office on your machine this is how it should be set up already; if it’s not, see the section “Setting the Default ‘Save’ File Format” at http://www/computing/8809.htm for instructions.
If you have the older version of Office, 2003 or 2004, you can install a file format converter that will let Office read the new file formats. The instructions below will guide you through the steps.
A link to Microsoft interactive tutorials and guides to find the menus in the new interfaces can be found at http://www/computing/8806.htm
If you need further assistance, contact the IT Help Desk at x5418.
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