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Why can't I open Microsoft Office documents on my PC that I can open on campus?


All Oglethorpe University computers available for faculty, staff and student use have Microsoft Office 2007 installed on them. The reason why you may not be able to open this file on your personal computer is that you most likely have Microsoft Office 2003 installed and it won't recognize the new file format in Office 2007. There are a number of solutions for this:

  1. Install the Microsoft Compatibility Pack for Microsoft Office 2003 which can be found here:
  2. Replace the current version of Office on your PC with Office 2007. This can be purchased at the OU bookstore or through Microsoft. If you are a faculty or staff member, special discounts are available. Please contact the HelpDesk.
  3. Under Office 2007, save the file as an Office 2003 document:

  • note that this can also be done with Excel, PowerPoint, and Access


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