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Can't open .docx files in Office 2000


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#1 tigerj

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 06:00 AM

I have downloaded the MS Compatibility pack but message appears "There was an error opening the file" when I try to open file.
I have XP and Office 2000. I followed all instructions re downloading the Comp pack.

Any suggestion please?

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 12:45 AM

You can not open a Word 2007 docx document in Word 2000 or Word 2003. Documents created in Word 2007 are not backward compatable. You need to either:
1. Upgrade your system to Office 2007 (Word 2007)
2. Have the originator save the document in Word 97-2003
3. Download the free Word 2007 viewer from Microsoft, however you can only view not edit with this.

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 10:29 AM

You could also use OpenOffice.org. It's definitely better than MS Office 2000, and you can open .docx. If you really want to use MS Office 2000 though, you can open it in OpenOffice then save it as a .doc, that should work.

Hope this helps! :thumbsup:

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 06:12 PM

The compatibility pack should show in add/remove programs if installed correctly
Check to see if it is there and if it is not try reinstalling it.
It should open docx files fine.
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Posted 16 August 2010 - 02:04 PM

Also, this: Users of the Microsoft Office XP and 2003 programs Word, Excel, or PowerPoint—please install all High-Priority updates from Microsoft Update before downloading the Compatibility Pack.

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 08:23 PM

You can not open a Word 2007 docx document in Word 2000 or Word 2003. Documents created in Word 2007 are not backward compatable. You need to either:
1. Upgrade your system to Office 2007 (Word 2007)
2. Have the originator save the document in Word 97-2003
3. Download the free Word 2007 viewer from Microsoft, however you can only view not edit with this.


Your missing Microsoft office 2008 for mac and microsoft office 2010




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