In addition to the all-new interface, Microsoft Office 2007 also introduced a significantly different file format. You don’t need to understand the details, but the file format is based on the new Office Open XML format (XML stands for Extensible Markup Language). Renaming and formatting this file can create some major obstacles as Office 2007 users share the file with everyone else.
- These changes to the XML-based format support new features and help you create your documentation.
- Separating files containing scripts or macros makes it more secure and makes it easier to identify and block unwanted code or macros.
- The file size is small.
- It is less susceptible to damage and file corruption.
For most people using Microsoft Office 2007, file format changes can be seen in the file extensions used to name files. Conversion options are available for both, but it takes patience and knowledge
for a successful strategy for exchanging Office files.
How has the naming changed?
Earlier versions of Microsoft Word saved files with the .doc extension, but Microsoft Office Word 2007 files now use the .docx and .docm file extensions. Excel workbooks have replaced the end of .xls files with the new .xlsx or .xlsm extension for Excel 2007. PowerPoint presentations have long been stored at the end of .ppt, but now in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 they have an extension of .pptx or .pptm. Why are there multiple options for file name extensions in Office 2007? The difference depends on whether the file contains macros or programming code. The trailing letter “m” indicates a possible macro or programming code in the file. Other less commonly used file extensions may also appear in Office 2007 files. As a reminder, this dramatic change in file format is more than just a visual switch to the naming conventions for files, so even if you edit the extension, the file will be different from one type. Does not convert to the type of.
A quick tip: How can you tell the difference between an Office 2007 file and an Office 2003 file? View the file from Windows Explorer. If the extension is 4 characters, the file is in Office 2007 file format. If the extension is 3 characters, it is the Office 2003/2002 (or earlier) file format.
The Microsoft Office Access 2007 database can also be saved in the new file format .accdb or created in the same file format .mdb as the previous version to ensure continued easy access to the data. However, once the Access database has been converted for use in Access 2007, it will no longer be available in earlier versions of Microsoft Access. Also note that the Access2007 database is stored with a 5-character extension.
File compatibility between versions of Microsoft Office
Documents can be shared between Office 2007 and earlier versions of Office, even if the group first obtained a Microsoft Office 2007 system. Important considerations when working with Microsoft Office 2007
- In Office 2007, you can open files created in Office 2003 from Office 95.
- If you save a file created in a previous version, the default in the Save As dialog box is to save the file as the same previous version. You can also save the file as the 2007 version.
- The conversion options for each major Office 2007 program allow you to convert old files to the new program file format.
- You can customize each Microsoft Office 2007 program to change the default file format and save it as the Office 2003 format.
- When you save the file as a previous version, the compatibility checker will notify you of Office 2007 features that may be disabled or matched as closely as possible.
- Colleagues using Office 2000-2003 can work with 2007 files using a converter that can open documents.
Looking for full-fledged support for Microsoft Office 2007?
Microsoft Office 2007 is available in eight different editions to cover your entire customer base. There are new user interfaces such as Office buttons, ribbons, context tabs, live previews, mini toolbars and quick access toolbars. In addition, new applications such as Microsoft Share-point, Microsoft Office One-note, and Microsoft Office Access are available. So far, it has been updated twice in Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2.
You may run into problems understanding new applications and their corresponding ease of use, as well as how to use the newly introduced tools to perform tasks. You can also request support related to install and uninstall, upgrades, and updates with the latest patches.
But don’t worry, some companies are working to provide the best technical support for Office 2007 applications. With the help of a Microsoft certified technician, you can resolve the issue immediately.
For online security purposes, you may need technical support to enable or disable ActiveX controls, macros, and security alerts in the message bar. You may need to add, remove, or view genuine publishers. You may need support to block and unblock external content in Office documents. You can also contact the Microsoft Office Suites Solution Center 2007 website for all concerns related to MS Office. You can also access the training module using interactive demos on the Office 2007 application website.
You also need to make sure that Windows updates are enabled so that Office 2007 remains updated with the latest patches available on the website. When sharing Microsoft Office documents over your home or office network, you need to take appropriate steps for security.
For out-of-range concerns and serious issues, you can register with a technical service provider. They take a remote session on your computer and solve your Microsoft Office 2007 related issues.