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    Office 2013 does not open my old office 2003 files

    I am not able to open my old word, powerpoint and excel files from office 2003 in the new office 2013. When I click on the old file it asks me to select the program to open it with and then I select office 2013 and the file open with weird characters. Is anybody else having the same problem?

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    pushp Array
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    Re: Office 2013 does not open my old office 2003 files

    Hello !!

    since you are trying to open new version files from old version of office, and this is impossible to do that.
    this is because latest version of the office has latest plugin and drivers and the file that is created in office 2013 uses latest drivers and plugins.
    so when it will be made to run in the oldest office file than it will not run,
    this is because the oldest office is having old plugins and those are not updated therefore it will not detect the latest office presentation.
    and this is the reason being that you are not able to open your latest office files in your old office.

    hope i am clear to you.
    Pushp Singh

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    Re: Office 2013 does not open my old office 2003 files

    Hence the files has been created in your Office old version.. Then its impossible to open those files..
    But you may install the Office 2003 along with the Office 2013..
    Microsoft is updating there Offices, so you have to use a fix one to open the files otherwise run office 2003 along with the upgrated versions..
    Hope you get your Answer.
    Thanking you..

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    Re: Office 2013 does not open my old office 2003 files

    to solve problem like yours,microsoft office 2013 has "compatibility mode".So,if a document created in earlier versions of office 2013,compatibility mode is turned on and you will see it in title bar with your file name.
    When you open a word file in word 2013,its of one these modes:
    1)word 2013
    2)word 2010 compatibilty mode
    3)word 2007 compatibilty mode
    4)word 1997-2003 compatibilty mode.

    AND MOST IMPORTANTLY,OFFICE 2013 COMES WITH A FUNCTION OF CONVERTING FILES OF EARLIER VERSION TO OFFICE 2013 FILES..
    1)OPEN THE FILE TAB.
    2) DO ONE OF THE FOLLOWING.
    *IN FILE ,CLICK ON INFO AND THEN CLICK ON CONVERT.
    *OR YOU CAN JUST SAVE AS YOUR FILE WITH A NEW NAME WHICH WOULD BE A OFFICE 2013 TYPE FILE.

    I COULD FIND ABOVE THINGS TO TRY.SO JUST TRY THIS AND ALL THE BEST FOR YOU.....THANK YOU....IF UNFORTUNATELY...I WOULD SUGGEST YOU TO INSTALL OFFICE 2003 OR OFFICE 2007..IT'LL SURELY HELP....



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    Re: Office 2013 does not open my old office 2003 files

    Hello

    To open old office 2003 files in office 2013 you can try these steps...

    ===>Office 2013 does not open old office file directly.
    ===>To open that files you have to convert that file into office 2013 acceptable format.
    ===>Right click on office file that you want to open and select Open with option.
    ===>Now select Office 2013 as to open that file.
    ===>After that office 2013 will asks you to get permission to convert that file.
    ===>Grand permission to convert office file.
    ===>After conversation old office file will be in acceptable format to office 2013.
    ===>After doing so your old office file will open.

    Try this i hope this will help you....

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    Re: Office 2013 does not open my old office 2003 files

    hii friend,

    1)this is the issue with your new office 2013 .this happens due to software problem in the application
    2)so firstly uninstall the office 2013 from your system
    3)now reinstall it again in the system .with this your problem will be solved
    4)sometimes it may happen due to virus in the system .so check for the virus in the system if present then clean it using antivirus software
    5)even if again the problem persists then download the same version again from the internet so that your problem will be solved

    thanks for posting

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    Re: Office 2013 does not open my old office 2003 files

    Dear,

    Weird characters are displayed in the document files when the encoding pattern used in both the office versions is not same. All the text in the files are stored as number form in your computer which are again decoded to display the text. Different encoding pattern use the same number to display different characters due to which character displayed are weird.

    If you are unable to read the old Microsoft Office 2003
    Word files, then use different encoding pattern in the following manner:
    1. Click the Microsoft Office button in top left corner, and go to Word Options > Advanced > General section, and then select the Confirm file format conversion on open check box.
    2. Close and then reopen the document file you want to read.
    3. Select Encoded Text in the Convert File dialog box. In the File Conversion dialog box, select Other encoding, and then select the encoding standard by previewing the text in the Preview area to check whether all the text is readable in the encoding standard that you selected.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Office 2013 does not open my old office 2003 files

    hello aspirant ..

    Before Opening the files you need to covert them to the supportable format .


    Right click on the file and Select open with >> Microsoft office word 2013

    Mark on the check box Always Perform the same action .

    Click on Ok .

    or else ..

    Launch Microsoft word and then click on the Microsoft Logo at the Top Left .

    and select Open > browse > select the files and click on Open .



    thank you...

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    Re: Office 2013 does not open my old office 2003 files

    Hello dear Friend

    Try to follow the below steps to ensure to Fix the issue

    ==> Go to see the Extension of the file and there by you will find a Problem there

    ==> now convert the File which is Supported in their formats

    After that you can see the problem once

    If you will find a Remains then you can Follow the steps


    <> Make sure to check the File with in the Compatibility mode

    <> If not you can set in to a Compatibility mode by Right click on it

    <> select the properties and there you will find a " Compatibility " Tab


    finally after make all changes click on "OK "


    That is all


    Good luck

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    Re: Office 2013 does not open my old office 2003 files

    Hello friend,


    I have the solution for your problem just do as i say.........................

    1.This is a very small problem so do not worry about this.

    2.The MS Office 2003 files will do not open with 2013 version.

    3.As 2013 is the latest version you cannot open it now.

    4.So if you want to open that file.

    5.Then you have to install MS Office 2003 or you have to convert that file to the PDF.

    Have a nice day...........................

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    Re: Office 2013 does not open my old office 2003 files

    Hello friend,

    1.Its not a big problem ,please go to the your system and open the control panel,

    2.After this please go to the programs,

    3.Then open the uninstalling programs and uninstall the Microsoft office in your system and restart your system,

    4.Now please open the browser and search the Microsoft office 2007 an download in your system,

    5.After this please install your system and you normally open the Microsoft 2003 files without any issue,

    6.I hope this information use full to you,

    Brar22,

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    Re: Office 2013 does not open my old office 2003 files

    hii friends,
    MS-OFFICE 2013 doesn't support older office files like office-2003,2007 or 2010 in general mode..for making MS-OFFICE 2013 backward compatible with its older versions,it has given 'compatibility modes'.there are differnt compatible modes:- 1)1997-2003 compatibity mode ,2)2007 compatibity mode,3)2010 compatibity mode..you have to just turn on one of those compatibility modes as required when working on old office files..
    hope it may prove helpful to you...
    all the best...

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    Re: Office 2013 does not open my old office 2003 files

    Hello*********
    Dear Friend*********

    *********Now Try to install ms office .

    *********And check its setup is not corrupted .

    *********Now you terminate all running background process .

    *********Now try to open ms office with your system.


    *********Uninstall previous office and install again office into your system.

    *********Sometimes corrupt installation make this kind of issue.

    *********if again it not work then re install again ms office

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    Re: Office 2013 does not open my old office 2003 files

    dear friend
    it is not big problem ,First of all go to your system
    And then open the control panel
    and then go to the program ,and then open the uninstall program and then uninstall the Microsoft office in your system and restart your system
    After this open the browser and then search the Microsoft office 2007 download in your system ,
    And then install your system and then open the Microsoft 2003 file without any problem ,,,,,,
    i hope your problem will be solved by any issue ,,,,,,,
    thanks

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    Re: Office 2013 does not open my old office 2003 files

    Hi, Dear friend

    This is the issue is about the COMPATIBILITY that is

    MS OFFICE 2013 is does not support the 2003 version files ... because it is the older version

    Plugins, Hard ware requirements are different for the 2013 and 2003 So, you cannot open the 2003 version file with 2013 file

    But if you want to open these files ... you need to download and install the COMPATIBILITY PACK

    That is simply visit the MICROSOFT official website ...and download the compatibility pack

    Or visit this link and get it
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...3-c6bb74cd1466

    After that your issue will be resolved

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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