Word 2003 cannot open docx files anymore
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boostrer  Identity Verified
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Aug 25, 2014

Hi,

I have a compatibility pack installed. Up until recent, it worked without any problems. Two days ago, Word stopped working with docx files, it cannot open even those files that it would open before.
I have already tried to reinstall the pack and to register OLE32.dll. Nothing works.

I would appreciate any advice except a recommendation to install Office 2013 monster.

Thank you in advance.


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Tom in London
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Alternative applications Aug 25, 2014

boostrer wrote:

Hi,

I have a compatibility pack installed. Up until recent, it worked without any problems. Two days ago, Word stopped working with docx files, it cannot open even those files that it would open before.
I have already tried to reinstall the pack and to register OLE32.dll. Nothing works.

I would appreciate any advice except a recommendation to install Office 2013 monster.

Thank you in advance.


Have you tried alternative free open-source applications, such as LibreOffice?


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boostrer  Identity Verified
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Tom in London wrote:



Have you tried alternative free open-source applications, such as LibreOffice?


Hi,

I can open these files in Wordpad and OpenOffice, but I often need to work in MS Word, so this is not a good solution.


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Tony M  Identity Verified
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I have had similar problems Aug 25, 2014

though not recently. And across the whole of Office too.

I re-installed the compatibility pack, and after a time, everything seemed to go back to normal again, though I was never quite clear which of the things I did really made the difference!

While I was experiencing these difficulties, I used the workaround suggested by Tom in London, using OpenOffice to open the .docx files, then saving them out of that again in the .doc format — though be warned, I have in the past encountered some formatting problems with OO, on doc files with relatively complex formatting, which got corrupted merely by opening and closing the doc again. So best to try it first on a copy of your source file


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Docx to Doc Converter Aug 25, 2014

There is software available on the web which you can download, or there are sites where you can convert online.
I use software called Docx to Doc Converter, downloadable from:
http://docx-to-doc-converter.software.informer.com/download/
There is a free version but I paid $29.95 for the full version.
It almost always works well, but on rare occasions I have had to find another way of making the conversion.


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Gamze Sari Yucel  Identity Verified
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Hope this works Aug 25, 2014

Have you tried starting Word 2003 first, then opening the DOCX file by double-clicking on it from your file manager?

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