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Probably this has happened to you too — someone sends you a .docx file created with Microsoft Word 2007 but you have Word 2003 installed on your machine. What do you do then? How do you open and reda the .docx document?
One obvious solution is of course to buy Office 2007 and install it on your machine. But there is a much cheaper alternative, provided again by Microsoft: download and install the Office Compatibility Pack patch.
One thing you need to be careful about is having installed all the High Priority patches previously issued by Microsoft. They are also available from Microsoft web site.
By installing the Compatibility Pack in addition to Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003, you will be able to open, edit, and save files using the file formats new to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007.
The Compatibility Pack can also be used in conjunction with the Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer 2003, and PowerPoint Viewer 2003 to view files saved in these new formats. For more information about the Compatibility Pack, see Knowledge Base article 924074.
Note: If you use Microsoft Word 2000 or Microsoft Word 2002 to read or write documents containing complex scripts, please see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925451 for information to enable Word 2007 documents to be displayed correctly in your version of Word.
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