Multiple versions of Office, how to set older version as default to open files?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by erandall38, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. erandall38 macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2007
    Title says its all.

    When multiple versions of Microsoft Office are installed on a Mac computer, how do you set an older version of MS Office as the default to open files?
  2. aarond12 macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX USA
    With the Mac, you can set the default application for one file or ALL the files. Either way, you still use the Get Info command from the Finder. If you're changing one file, set the default application in this window. If you're changing ALL the file, set the default application and select Change All.

    As far as having two versions of Office, the only differentiating point between the two is likely to be just the icon. You might have to browse to the appropriate folder to point to the correct version of Office for you.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    aarond12 is right. I'm curious: why would you keep multiple versions?
  4. erandall38 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2007
    Couldn't tell you. Was asking for a neighbor.

    Aren't some versions of office more compatible than others? I seem to remember getting a recommendation to send 02-03 or 97-98 versions if possible when sending to a windows user.

    Might be different now, I'll ask him.
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You can save files for earlier versions without having earlier versions installed. Just do Save As and select from the format options. There is no need to keep earlier versions installed.
  6. Brendanmac macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2008
    Deactivated office 365 opens as default

    I tried Office 365 for a month and have not yet decided to use it instead of my current office 2008 for mac. So I have not uninstalled office 365 in case i do want to use it again. But it defaults as the office app to open docs or excel etc

    How do I make the office 2008 as the default instead of the later version?

    Much thanks

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