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If I update from Office 97 Professional to Office 2003 will

by gapch125 / June 14, 2004 12:35 PM PDT

I still be able to read my docs made with Office 97(ie Word, Excel, Access)

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(NT) Yes. Office 2003 reads Office 97 files.
by Kees Bakker / June 14, 2004 5:06 PM PDT


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A caveat.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 14, 2004 10:48 PM PDT

Fair warning that while I have had zero issues reading old Word 97 documents, we did have a few users that embedded Corel drawings into the documents. These documents would open, but the drawing is blank. To fix, we had to install the latest Corel on the machine ($$$) or go back to the 97 machine and use that to convert the drawing to native Word graphics. You can get the same issue with many other graphics programs, but the ones we encountered most were Corel and Visio.


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