In message <qmPNC.firstname.lastname@example.org>, the Omrud
Post by the Omrud
At some point Office switched its native data files to xml, which means
they are stored as text, albeit very complicated text. I think it
happened when they added the x to the file name suffix, e.g. docx.
Those files are very much more interchangeable. You can check by
opening an Excel with Notepad. If it's text, even though it makes
little sense, then it will be OK.
I can't help with Sid's original query about spreadsheets, but certainly
I've found that .docx files are really .zip files.
MS produced free add-ons to the pre-.###x-format versions of Office that
allowed you to open those files in the earlier version - i. e. it let
you open .docx and .xlsx files in an earlier version (I think it was
only the 2003 version). These _should_ still be available _somewhere_
(possibly even from MS). If ever using version 2007 or later, I always
change their default save option so that they save in the older one: I'm
not aware of anything in the newer format that I actually want (in fact
I don't even know what _is_ available in the newer versions that wasn't
in the older).
They also produced free _viewers_, and may still, but as those don't
allow _editing_ they're probably of no interest.
It seems odd that an "up"grade has prevented you Sid from being able to
open files you could before, but I certainly believe you. It's things
like that that make people feel justified in installing pirate copies of
older versions. (I have legal copies of both 2003 and 2007 installed
here - it is possible to do so! - on a W7-32 machine.)
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf
the plural of 'anecdote' is not 'evidence'. Professor Edzart Ernst, prudential
magazine, AUTUMN 2006, p. 13.