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Help! I cannot open DOCX files!

If you do not have the latest version of Microsoft Office, Office 2007, and somebody sends you a file that has been created by somebody who does use the latest version of Microsoft Office, you may find yourself struggling to open the file if was saved in one of Microsoft’s new file formats. Struggling a lot actually...

Word 2007’s new document format is called DOCX and cannot be opened by any versions of Microsoft Word earlier than Word 2007. So, you have a number of options:

  1. Download and install OpenOffice, version 3, the FREE alternative to Microsoft Office, which opens Microsoft DOCX files. Once open, you can read them, edit them and save them as DOC files! That way anybody can read them and in the process you are supporting open source and open computing standards (and it won’t cost you a penny!). OpenOffice is compatible with Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access and contains a host of useful tools including integrated PDF export*.
  2. Ask the sender, in Word 2007, to do a "Save As" and select an earlier version of Word as the file type.
  3. Download and install Microsoft’s free Compatibility Pack.

We know which one we’d do.

Download OpenOffice.org 3

* we didn’t get paid to say that - we admire the principle of Open Source and we simply love OpenOffice!


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