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Opening Excel 2003 docs with Excel 2000

Discussion in 'Software' started by juice142, Aug 20, 2007.

  1. juice142

    juice142 Megabyte Poster

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    A leetle advice if you would folks...

    Most of our users are currently running Office 2000. I have had a request from one of the managers to upgrade some of her staff (about 5 people) to Office 2003. I know there are compatibility issues with the two, inasmuch that if you open an Excel 2000 doc with 2003 it changes it to the new format which cannot be then read by 2000. These users exchange documents between themselves and the rest of the company on a regular basis, which means that they're going to leave a trail of Excel docs which noone else can open.

    My question is of course: is there a way round it? :blink

    Cheers chaps and chapesses,

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  2. BrizoH

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    Been a while since I've used 2003, but is there not an option to save in 2000 compatibility mode? (i.e in 2007 I have the option to save in Excel 97-2003 Format)
     
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  3. BosonMichael
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    I've used Office 2000 and Office 2003 interchangeably for years, and I've never had a problem opening up documents saved from within the other version.

    The only exception to this is Access... but I can't remember which version contained the big changes... I think they were made between 97 and 2000.
     
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  4. Sparky
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    You should be ok mate, the big problem seems to be opening docs created in 2007 (.docx - Word 2007) in any other version of office although there is a download available so you can open the .docx file.
     
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  5. juice142

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    Thanks for your help people. :thumbleft

    I think I'll just install it for them (I have warned everyone that it may cause some problems) and wait and see. :eek:

    I think I'll do it on Friday, as I'm off all next week. 8)

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  6. Sparky
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    LOL - good idea! :biggrin

    Make sure you switch your phone off when you are on holiday though...
     
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  7. juice142

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    I don't even take the works phone home mate! I can't resist logging in to see the chaotic emails though <chuckle>

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  8. Sparky
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    I can just picture the chaos when the users log on first thing on Monday to see Office 2003.

    It will be a 'WTF?' moment.... :biggrin

    Then a 'FFS' when their shortcuts dont work :biggrin
     
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  9. ajs1976

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    Make sure to tell them that the icons have moved from the root of the programs menu, to the folder called Microsoft Office. Afte one upgrade I helped with there were some angry phone calls asking why we removed office instead of upgrading.
     
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  10. wizard

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    Can I ask, has this manager justified the reason for just these 5 users being upgraded to Office 2003, when as you point out most users are still using Office 2000?
     
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  11. juice142

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    "It is agreed that it is the better and preferred version to use."

    Read: "It's got more bling and you can create proper smileys in Outlook" :rolleyes:

    We've got a volume license and Boss Man says yes, so yes it is! If they want to create havoc across the business let them, it's all sanctioned. :ohmy

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  12. wizard

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    It's going to be fun when the other users that are still stuck on Office 2000, notice the newer stuff that they haven't got :D
     
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  13. ThomasMc

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    why stop at 2003, theres more fun too be had when you upgrade users to 2007, now that is a true WTF moment lol
     
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