How do I open xlsx files with older office version?
Thread poster: Manuela Junghans

Manuela Junghans  Identity Verified
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Oct 7, 2012

Hi everyone

I´m still using an older Office version (I think it´s still 2003 - or might be 2007?), and I´m having problems opening xlsx files I´m being sent by clients. The only Excel files I can open are the xls ones (without the extension x at the end).

Is there a conversion tool someone can recommend (preferably free) to deal with that problem?

Thanks a lot in advance.



Pavel Mondschein  Identity Verified
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Compatibility pack Oct 7, 2012

Hi Manuela,

install this compatibility pack from MS:

Best regards,


esperantisto  Identity Verified
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Apache OpenOffice/LibreOffice Oct 8, 2012

Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice can open XLSX files and save to XLS. As for data, I haven’t had any issue, but if a file contains embedded objects such as drawing or charts, problems are quite probable.


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