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Microsoft Office


Office 2007 was installed on lab and office Windows computers in May 2007.


Microsoft Office 2007 is the latest version of the Microsoft productivity suite; its core components include Word: Word processor, Excel: Spreadsheet program, Access: Database program, Outlook: Personal information and communication organizer that includes contact/personal address management, calendaring, and e-mail functions and PowerPoint: Presentation program. Office Enterprise 2007 also includes other programs, such as InfoPath and a new program called Groove

Version(s) and Support Level(s)

  • Office 2007 is classified as Full Adoption and Use; the software has been through the ITS evaluation process and has been approved for use on St. Cloud State University computers.
  • Office 2003 is classified as Phase Out; the software has been replaced by a newer version or different application, or the manufacturer is no longer fully supporting the software. Recommendations are to upgrade to a newer version or application.


  • Office 2007 is supported in labs and offices for Spring Semester 2009 and is available for purchase at the Computer Store for home and personal use.
  • Project 2007, SharePoint Designer 2007 and Visio 2007 are supported in labs and offices for Spring Semester 2009 and are available for purchase at the Computer Store for home and personal use.
Quick tip

Save an Office Word 2007 file in the Office Word 2003 file format
You can save Office Word 2007 documents to any of several file formats. If you aren't sure of what version of Office the end user is running, use this option to ensure that they will be able to view the file.

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button in the upper left corner of your window, and then click Save As.
  2. In the Save As dialog box, in the Save as type list, click the file type “Word 97-2003 Document”.
  3. In the File name box, type a name for the file.
  4. Click Save.

Having problems opening Office 2007 files?

Office 2007 uses different file formats than Office 2003

Compatibility Pack

To open these documents using Office 2003 or Office XP (only PC running Windows XP), you will need to install the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2007. This compatibility tool works with your current versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and it will allow you to open up these documents as normal. This tool is currently installed on all lab computers, and many other campus computers.

If you have Office 2003 at home and would like to be able to open these documents on your home computer, you can download the Compatibility Tool and install it on your home computer.

Office 2007 Conversion

Tools are available that you can use to convert a 2007 file (.docx, .xlsx, or .pptx) to 2003 format (.doc, .xls, or .ppt). With these tools you upload the 2007 file, the tool converts it to 2003 format and makes it available for download.

NOTE: If you have questions or are not sure which solution you need, please contact the HelpDesk at (320) 308-2077.

Office 2007 Interactive Guides

Wondering where your favorite 2003 commands are located in the new 2007 interface? Or just want to explore the rich, new design with a little guidance? Visit these Web sites to view an interactive flash animation that lets you choose a command in the 2003 version, and then shows you exactly where that command is located in the 2007 version.

Office 2007 Add-Ins

Save from the following applications to PDF or XPS: Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, OneNote, Visio, InfoPath.

Office 2007 Viewer Downloads

These viewer tools let you view full-featured documents, spreadsheets and presentations created in Office 97 and later versions. These downloads are free and allow you to view and print, but not edit, these files.