how to open .docx files?

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  1. dougens macrumors member

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    I am having problems opening my microsoft office documents from work (PC) on my mac at home.

    I have microsoft office 2004 for mac version 11 at home.

    They usually come up on the mac as .docx files and the default open is bombarchiver which does nothing but create another zip file that opens into another zip file!!

    I do not know what the office version is at work but should i be saving it under a specific type of word/excel etc?

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. belvdr macrumors 601

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    That's Office 2007. In the interim, you can use OpenOffice 3.0 to open that file.

    When you're using Office 2007, if you click Save As, you can save as a standard .doc file (Office 97-2003 format).
     
  3. claimed4all macrumors 6502

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    A .docx is a Microsoft 2008 file version. You can save down at work to 2004, or I am sure there is a plugin out there for Word 2004 to read a .docx file, check the Microsoft website.
     
  4. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, it sounds like you have Office '07 installed at work. In order to open documents on older versions of office, you need to select "Word 97-2004 Document (.doc)" as the format upon saving a document on your work PC.

    ...Office 2008 (for Mac) can open .docx files.
     
  5. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    That would be my suggestion, too.Cheers and good luck
     
  6. dougens thread starter macrumors member

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    i can't save down at work as often they are sent to me after work hours via email and will be word 2007/8.

    i will try installing the xml plug in and see if that works.

    thanks for swift replies
     
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  8. belvdr macrumors 601

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    But that's still version 2.2.5, not the latest unfortunately. From what I hear, OpenOffice 3.0 is already running native, so not sure what that'll do for NeoOffice.
     
  9. highjumppudding macrumors 6502

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    microsoft office 2008, iwork '08. also, neo office and open office might open them, those are both free.
     
  10. dougens thread starter macrumors member

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    i have tried using the xml convertor and it opens the word and exel files but there is not text in the tables etc..........

    any ideas?

    i cannot save them as word 97-2004 like listed above as they are sent to me from work and i have no pc at home.
    i would rather not use a free version of anything.from previous experience.

    thanks
     
  11. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    These are the two suggestions that I would make:


    Also, if you don't need to edit files, consider distributing via PDF.
     
  12. yippy macrumors 68020

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    If you can't down save them at work and the converter doesn't work for you then you have two option:

    1) Download and install OpenOffice 3 which is capable of opening them. Free but the interface is different and there is a chance of compatibility issues.

    2) Buy Office Mac 2008 and install it. Costs money but has less chance of compatibility issues. Still uses a different interface than what you are used to but it is more Mac like so should be easy to pick up.
     
  13. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    or 3) Run Office 2007 using Windows XP via Parallels or VMware.
     

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