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#1 joodyanne

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 09:15 PM

I prefer to use Word 2003 rather than Word 2010, and sometimes docx require 10, tho I am sure they open in 03.    There used to be a "open with ......." and you can select the software you wish, but I am not getting that.    I just want to "set" docs to open with 2003 automatically.   For some reason both of them "instal" themselves rather than just open up.
 
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#2 joodyanne

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 11:53 PM

For what it's worth, when I open an old document, I AM given options, which are

1. Microsoft Rod

2. Wordicon

 

No idea what Wordicon is

Google says

What is wordicon.exe?

wordicon.exe is digitally signed by Microsoft Corporation.

wordicon.exe is usually located in the 'c:\WINDOWS\Installer\{90120000-0030-0000-0000-0000000FF1CE}\' folder

 

Microsoft Word is 2010 - not sure why Microsoft Word 2003 isn't showing.



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Posted 21 April 2016 - 11:45 AM

 Word 2003 is no longer supported.  If you continue to use it, you do so at your own risk.  You'll likely see more and more problems if you try.  I know you can't install it with Windows 10.  If you have Office 2010, you should use that.  If you don't like the ribbons, there's a 3rd party program called UBITMENU that you can install which will give you back most of the old style menu items.  

 

 Good luck.


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Posted 24 April 2016 - 06:23 AM

Hi,

By what your saying, the easiest way would be to set Word 2003 as the default word editing document. 

First of all, press the Windows button and "R" on your keyboard. 

Then type in this: control /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms

Click on "Set your default programs"

Select "Word 2003" from the side menu, and then click "Set this program as default". 

I would also do this with all the file types aswell by doing this:

Pressing Win+R and typing in control /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms again. 

Then associate a file type with a program, then select the extensions you want to use to open Word 2003.

 

Hope this helps ;) 



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Posted 24 April 2016 - 09:10 AM

The problem is 2003 doesn't support the xml format utilized by .docx, .xlsx, etc. unless you have the compatibility pack installed.

 

And as Niweg noted, 2003 is no longer supported, which means no more security updates and fixes from Microsoft. Plus you may not be able to find a safe copy of the compatibility pack to download if you don't already have it.



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Posted 24 April 2016 - 09:11 AM

Ah I see, I don't use 2003, the earliest version I use is 2010 so I wouldn't know.

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Posted 24 April 2016 - 05:44 PM

I typed in what you suggested, but the window that came up but got an error message from Microsoft - it couldnt even find "set on your default programs"

 

OK you win, I should stick with Word 10, - but tell me this.    I do a newsletter every month in Publisher (2003) - is there a very similar program (free) that I can download?    Publisher did not come with my 2010 programs.



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Posted 24 April 2016 - 06:16 PM

OpenOffice, Scribus and PagePlus are some alternatives.

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Posted 24 April 2016 - 06:29 PM

Ok, will look into those - and thanks.



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Posted 25 April 2016 - 02:36 AM

You have to pay for PagePlus, but you can get the free edition, but lose most of the features that Publisher has. 

I would also check if the file .pub (Publisher document) will open alright in PagePlus if you choose to get it, or any of the other software.

 

My recommendation would be Open Office as you can use that to edit your file, and then save as a .pub file if you need to send to anyone. 

 

Hope this helps. 



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Posted 25 April 2016 - 07:31 AM

A couple of other free alternatives

 

Libre Office

 

Free Office by SoftMaker



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Posted 25 April 2016 - 05:05 PM

Thanks will try those, I can't really understand Scribus



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Posted 25 April 2016 - 05:50 PM

Free Office is very compatible with Windows Office.

 

Another one to look at = WPS Office Free  I never ran into a Watermark as shown on the webpage.


Edited by JohnC_21, 25 April 2016 - 05:52 PM.


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Posted 25 April 2016 - 05:55 PM

As long as they have a publisher program - not power point?



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Posted 25 April 2016 - 06:11 PM

PowerPoint is proprietary to Windows. I don't believe the programs I and others linked to can open PowerPoint files.

 

Edit: I take that back. I was able to open powerpoint files with WPS. Publisher is Windows proprietary. You can't open Publisher files in any of the above office suites.


Edited by JohnC_21, 25 April 2016 - 06:15 PM.





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