View Full Version : Word 2000 and Word 97 compatibility

22-09-2003, 06:55 PM
Hi all

Can Microsoft Word 2000 files (saved normally) be read in Microsoft Word 97? I look forward to your replies.

Lyn (Oxie)

22-09-2003, 07:04 PM
Not unless they are saved in a different format from Office 2000.

22-09-2003, 07:10 PM
Use "save as" and set to word 97 format.
Or use rtf format.

22-09-2003, 07:11 PM
Thanks Phoenix :(

Just thought I would check because Word XP can be read in Word 2000.

22-09-2003, 07:15 PM
It is not so simple, Godfather. I use Word 2000 on my XP computer and backup files to an older computer. On occasions I do need to use Word on the old computer (like the time the hard drive died on the new computer and I was without it for a week). Can I legally have Word 2000 on the old computer as well as they new? Obviously I can only ever use one program at one time.

22-09-2003, 07:39 PM
That is a common scenario.

As to having Word on 2 PCs, it depends on the version that you purchase I believe.

A full version, or an upgrade to a full version will allow 2 installs for the purposes you mention. More often one is a laptop.

An academic version, "teachers and students" version or an OEM version (full version bought with a new PC) will *probably* not allow it, judging from my reading of the EULA.
I have read these EULAs and always endeavour to stay within the licence requirements, due to the nature of my work.

As for portability of files, by going Tools-Options-Save you can set the defaults to Word 97-2002 files. Then simply forget about it, all files will be interchangeable. Problem is, they are over twice the size.

22-09-2003, 10:24 PM
Many thanks for your views Godfather. Much appreciated.

Oxie (Lyn)