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Old 04-11-2009, 02:06 PM   #1
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I've just received a *.docx file that my old Word 2000 cannot open. Apparently you can use a filter for later versions, but none seems to be able to handle in my version. Does anyone here know of a workaround, or am I stuck with this file?

   
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:11 PM   #2
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I can think of two possibilities:

1. Use the free file conversion site zamzar.com

2. The current version of the free office suite Open Office (openoffice.org) does open .docx files, but you may need to adjust the font selection(s).
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:21 PM   #3
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I've just received a *.docx file that my old Word 2000 cannot open. Apparently you can use a filter for later versions, but none seems to be able to handle in my version. Does anyone here know of a workaround, or am I stuck with this file?
What Cyranetta said.

You might also try Google Docs. Or, if you have a recent page layout program, try placing the file, see if the text shows up.

Good luck with it.

   
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What Cyranetta said.

You might also try Google Docs. Or, if you have a recent page layout program, try placing the file, see if the text shows up.

Good luck with it.
I've tried importing into my page layout program but it still comes out as junk. Fortunately, I sent it to a friend, and he converted it for me.

   
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I've tried importing into my page layout program but it still comes out as junk. Fortunately, I sent it to a friend, and he converted it for me.
That’s must be a relief!

   
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That’s must be a relief!
It sure was - kept me from missing my deadline! Thanks to you and all the others for all the tips and hints. I have downloaded the suggested programs and converters.

   
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If you don't have OpenOffice.org installed then it is a free download, and usually opens .docx files OK.

There are also other utilities available apart from the obvious from M$. For example http://www.docx2doc.com/converters/docx-to-doc

   
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If you don't have OpenOffice.org installed then it is a free download, and usually opens .docx files OK.
As I found out yesterday, if you're going to install the desktop version (as opposed to the portable), you should install the latest Java JRE first: OO.o comes with a JRE bundled (the minimum it needs, 6 update 7), but ignores your installation directory for JRE if you already have one. So the trick is to first get & install the latest JRE (6_13 now), then do a custom (not "Complete") install of OO.o and tell it to not install JRE. (It still places a JRE installer file, but doesn't execute it then - you can safely remove it after the OO.o installation is complete: it will find your previously-installed JRE just fine.)

   
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As I found out yesterday, if you're going to install the desktop version (as opposed to the portable), you should install the latest Java JRE first:
I first installed OO.o as part of a Java Update - it was offered on the download pane, so did not have that problem.

Although I have MS Office 2007 installed I find I use OO.o more often, especially Calc which is significantly more capable than Excel at handling large csv files.

   
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I still have MS Office 2000 installed, but rarely used it. Lately I have more need for office apps, and I'm now using Writer, Calc and Impress more or less regularly: for instance, I made last year's presentation about Accessibility with Impress (using the copy on my USB stick!) after creating my own template for it. I haven't installed the portable version 3 yet, but at least version 2.4 is quite impressive working from a stick: it's clever enough to only load components when they're needed, so if you use something for the first time, there's a little delay, but after that it's pretty smooth (probably cached). that makes it amazingly usable from a USB stick (even though a local copy would be faster).

So for more than a year now I've just been using the portable version from my stick! Last week I decided I wanted a "local" version as well - version 3 is installed now, I copied over some settings, and now I'm going to install some interesting-looking extensions (and ones I already used).

   
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