How to Open .docx/xlsx/pptx files in MS Office (2003/XP/2010)?

Opening documents saved in formats like .docx, .xlsx, .pptx in old versions of MS Office (2003 or older) has become a big problem these days. It is because the formats used in the latest MS Office 2010 & later versions are different from the formats used in the MS Office 2003 & older versions.

The default extensions used in MS office (98 / 2k / XP / 2k3) look like,

  • .doc for office word
  • .xls for office excel
  • .ppt for office power point

However, Office 2007 and Office 2010 will use the extensions that look like,

  • .docx for office word (2007 / 2010)
  • .xlsx for office excel (2007 / 2010)
  • .pptx for office power point (2007 / 2010)

So if a file is saved using the latest versions of Microsoft Office (2007 & 2010), then it will use the extensions (.docs/.xlsx/.pptx) that is incompatible with the oldest versions of Office ( 2000 / XP / 2003).

Q. So how do you open a file that is in the format (.docx / .xlsx / .pptx) saved in Microsoft Office (Word / Excel / Power Point) 2010 or 2007 in older version of MS Office (2000 / XP / 2003) ?

Ans. Microsoft is offering a Free Compatibility Pack for Microsoft Office 2000, XP and 2003 in order to solve this incompatibility issue. Simply, Download the Office 2010 / 2007 compatibility pack and install it in your PC.

That’s it! You can now view files saved in Office 2007 and 2010 using MS Office 2003, XP and 2010 without any problem.

Do share your comments if you have any problems installing the compatibility pack.

Also See: How to Remove Duplicate Rows/Columns in Excel 2003/07?

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One Comment to “How to Open .docx/xlsx/pptx files in MS Office (2003/XP/2010)?”

  1. pucit says:

    Great Resource:)

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