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Need Help Fast: Office 2007


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#1 blueandgold04

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 03:33 PM

i just bought a new laptop. i have no office products currently installed. can i buy office 2007 home and student, then buy the powerpoint upgrade? or do i need a pre-existing powerpoint (2003) in order to use the upgrade? i would like powerpoint without having to spend $400 on office standard.

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 06:13 PM

have you checked into OpenOffice.org is open source software that is just as good as M$ Office. It has most of the programs that office has (Presentation programs,Spreedsheets,Word Processors) and allows you to save in almost any file type (ie ever noticed how files save with 2004 dont open in 1997 with this you can save to the older file types)

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 07:36 PM

BlackSpyder's suggestion is something you should consider. It is a fully-featured office suite that is compatible with MS file types, and includes a presentation and database module as a bonus. As a product of open source, it is free for the downloading and is updated during the year.
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Posted 08 February 2007 - 08:51 AM

:thumbsup: thank you both for your input. i think i am going to take your suggestions. i am sure MS has heard of this, do you know of any conflicts with their programming? perhaps intentionally placed by MS to deter people from using OpenOffice?
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Posted 08 February 2007 - 09:06 AM

The only major problems that I am aware of is that SOME macros (generally the complex ones) do not translate perfectly and need some changes in the new file, and embedded pictures may need some minor work.
I do a lot of word processing and large spreadsheets (no macros), and seldom have any formatting problems when I switch from one to the other.
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Posted 08 February 2007 - 09:56 AM

I have never had a problem with openoffice.org products. The learning curve from Office to openoffice isn't that bad either




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