Opening MS Office 2007 files in MS Office 2003

For our school work, Microsoft Office is very much used. Students exchange MS Office files with one another for homework and projects. Based on my observation, each time a file in MS Office 2007 format (.docx, .pptx, or .xlsx) is sent to a student who uses MS Office 2003, that receiving student complains, and either makes the sender save it as a 2003 file and resend it, or sulk face in one corner of the room for not knowing how to open the 2007 file.

Let’s make a list here of few ways to open .docx, .pptx, and .xlsx files in a computer without Microsoft Office 2007. 🙂

  • Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats
    This probably is the easiest thing to do – install this MS Office compatibility pack for Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003. You will not only be able to open MS Office 2007 files in your older version of MS Office, but will also be able to edit and save files in such format.

    You may download this compatibility pack from its download page in the Microsoft website. For more information on its installation, you may refer to their support page.

  • Convert your files:
    Original file Convert into
    .DOCX doc – Microsoft Word Document
    mp3 – Compressed audio file
    odt – OpenDocument Text Document
    pcx – Paintbrush Bitmap Image
    pdf – Portable Document Format
    png – Portable Network Graphic
    ps – Postscript document
    txt – Text document
    .PPTX html – Hypertext Markup Language
    odp – OpenDocument presentation
    pcx – Paintbrush Bitmap Image
    pdf – Portable Document Format
    png – Portable Network Graphic
    ppt – Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation
    ps – Postscript document
    swf – Macromedia Flash Format File
    .XLSX csv – Comma Separated Values
    html – Hypertext Markup Language
    mdb – Microsoft Access Database
    ods – OpenDocument spreadsheet
    pcx – Graphics format
    pdf – Portable Document Format
    ps – Postscript document
    rtf – Rich text format
    xls – Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet
    xml – Extensible Markup Language

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