Open office 2007 files into 2003

vkbothra (Learning ) (690 Points)

28 January 2011  

Today's tip will help you to resolve the compatibility issues between the Office 2003 and Office 2007. Because all programs in office 2003 used the old file extensions for its different programs.

Word 2003 saved files with extension .doc, Excel 2003 with .xls and PowerPoint with .ppt. but on the other office 2007 used the new file extensions for its different programs.

Word 2007 saved files with extension .docx, Excel 2007 with .xlsx and PowerPoint with .pptx.

Now the problem is that when you will try to open office 2007 files into office 2003 and you will not open the file due to compatibility issues between both office versions. Microsoft provides a free compatibility pack to convert office 2007 documents to the office 2003 format.

There are many third party free converter are available but here we are using Microsoft office compatibility pack.


Follow the given steps to download free Microsoft compatibility pack and install it.

1. To use this feature, you will need to be logged into your computer with administrative rights.

2. Visit the following link to download the Microsoft compatibility pack:

3. Install the software

Once the process is done, you can enjoy opening .docx files on Word 2003.