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File Trouble

Students may bring in files from home in formats that don’t work immediately with our software. There are a few fixes . . .

Office 2007 Files (.docx or .pptx):

  1. There’s a converter available for these files. Go to Start >> Troubleshooting >> Office 2000 >> Install Office 2007 Compatibility Pack.
  2. Load the converter.
  3. Open the application you need (Word or PowerPoint most likely). Open the file.
  4. Save it as an Office 2000/2002 file. Go to File >> Save As. Look for File Type along the bottom of the window. Select Word Document or Presentation. Click Save.

Works Files: Students can email Works files to Kim Bannigan for a quick conversion or save as a different file type. See below.

Preventing the Problem:

  1. Saving a file as .rtf (Rich Text Format) or .txt (Text Format) means it can be opened with almost any word processor. This solution works well for word processing or Publisher documents. Look for File Type in the Save window and change it to rtf or txt.
  2. Print the file as a PDF: CutePDF writer offers a free version at this web site. You may print a document to create a PDF version and that should open almost anywhere. This solution works well if you don’t need to edit a document or use the animations in a slide show.
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