Open a Word 2007 document in Word 2003

November 4, 2008

Someone has sent you a Word 2007 document (*.docx extension) and you can’t open it in Word 2003. You have a few options:

  • Contact the sender and ask them to save it as a Word 2003 document (*.doc extension).
  • Zip the file using WinZip or similar. Then open the zip file and double-click the DOCX document from *within* the zip file. For some reason, this opens the document in your installed version of Word (e.g. Word 2003).
  • Download the compatibility packs or Office 2007 viewers from Microsoft. Woody’s Office Watch article from 26 November 2008 has all the details…

[Link last checked December 2008]

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