Online Resources for Microsoft Office

Office 2007 Overview and Tutorials

The LTS Microsoft Office 2007 Webpage can help you get started with using the newest version of MS Office at Lehigh:

LTS Microsoft Office 2007 Webpage

New File Formats

Office 2007 introduced the first major change to the Office file formats (the internal structure of your saved documents) since the release of Office 2000. The new formats are identified by an 'x' at the end of their name. Word documents now end in '.docx' and Excel files now end in '.xlsx' and PowerPoint files end in '.pptx'.

Older versions of Office don't know how to handle these new files. At least, not without some help. If you create one of these files at a public computing site, or receive one by email or over the web, you'll need to install some additional software so that your computer can open and properly handle them. Microsoft has released tools for both Windows and Mac to do this.

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats

Microsoft Office Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 0.2 Beta


XPS/PDF Plug-In for Office 2007

With this add-in, anyone using Office 2007 products can directly save to PDF (Adobe), or XPS (Microsoft) directly from the document Start button under "Save As".

Microsoft Office 2007 Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS


Please Note !

Windows Users:

Users of the Microsoft Office XP and 2003 programs Word, Excel, or PowerPoint—please install all High-Priority updates from Microsoft Update before downloading the Compatibility Pack.

By installing the Compatibility Pack in addition to Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003, you will be able open, edit, and save files using the file formats new to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007. The Compatibility Pack can also be used in conjunction with the Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer 2003, and PowerPoint Viewer 2003 to view files saved in these new formats. For more information about the Compatibility Pack, see Knowledge Base article 924074.

Mac Users:

The Office Open XML Converter alters Office Open XML files to a format that is compatible with Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac and Microsoft Office v. X for Mac. You can convert one file at a time, or many at once. This version of the Office Open XML Converter can convert the following Office Open XML file formats:

These files are converted to Rich Text Format (RTF), which can be opened in Microsoft Word 2004 and Microsoft Word X.

The converter is a Beta release, and might be unable to convert all the data in Office Open XML files. After you convert a file, you should review the file carefully to make sure that it contains all of the information that you expect.

The following issues are known to exist in this Beta release:

The following issues might occur in this Beta release:

This Beta release expires on December 31, 2007.


Last updated: Tuesday, 23-Dec-2008 02:39:54 EST