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How to Open .Docx and .Xlsx Office 2007 Files

As many of you may know, .docx and .xlsx are formats used by Microsoft Office 2007 applications, Word and Excel. Older versions of MS Word and Excel which use .doc and .xls formats, cannot open the new formats. They can open the new formats, provided you install certain updates.
Here's what you got to do.

For users with older version of Microsoft Office -
Install Microsoft Compatibility Pack. This will enable older Office apps to open the new formats.

For Windows users who don't have MS Office -
Windows users can download Word Viewer. With this, you can only view the .docx document but cannot edit it.

Using Free Conversion Tools -
Docx2Rtf is a free software that converts .Docx files to .Rtf. The converted file can be read by your Word Processor.

Using the Web -
The Web's a great place, full of online convertors. Just upload the .docx file to or and convert it.

OpenOffice and StarOffice -
Users can use the free Open XML Translator.

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Friday, November 14, 2008


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