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Microsoft Office 2007/2008 Compatibility Pack

Microsoft Office 2007 for Windows and Microsoft Office 2008 for Macintosh have a new file format for improved data and file management. Prior versions of Office cannot open files saved in the new formats.

To open

Microsoft Word 2007/2008 files
PowerPoint 2007/2008 files
Excel 2007/2008 files

with prior versions of Microsoft Office, download the free compatibility pack appropriate for your operating system

Compatibility Packs are installed in all ATUS general university labs and classrooms and in many campus offices. If you use Office 2000, Office XP, Office 2003, or Office 2004 for Macintosh in your office or at home, we encourage you to install the compatibility pack appropriate for your operating system.

To install the compatibility pack to open Microsoft Word 2007/2008, PowerPoint 2007/2008 or Excel 2007/2008 files with prior versions of Microsoft Office:

  1. Close all Microsoft Applications and all messages except this one.
  2. Click the appropriate link to go to the compatibility pack for your operating system:
    Windows: Office 2007 Compatibility Pack

    Macintosh: Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 1.0

  3. Check the System Requirements link to be sure that your system meets the hardware and software requirements. Contact the ATUS Help Desk at helpdesk@wwu.edu or 650-3333 if you need assistance.
  4. Click the Download button located in the blue bar above the Quick Details section
  5. Choose Run OR if Run is not an option, choose Save, then locate the file on your computer and activate it to begin installation.
  6. Follow the prompts to install the software and accept the license agreement. You will also be prompted to close this message and Outlook.

Upon completion, a dialog box will confirm the successful installation.

Compatibility Pack Test

If you can open this Office 2007 document using a prior version of Microsoft Office Word, the Compatibility Pack is already installed on your computer.

For more information, contact the ATUS Help Desk at helpdesk@wwu.edu or 360.650.3333.