Read my answer to TechRepublic reader Kyle Strong's question, and then please post additional tips for the member in the discussion. Q: Where can I locate older versions of MS Office software? A: Ah, the old standards. I have been getting this question for years now, and my answer is always the same: you really can't. You might get lucky and find a torrent site that offers a download or two, but those downloads are more than likely going to be of the nefarious sorts. The problem with earlier versions of MS Office is that you can't even contact Microsoft, because they are simply going to attempt to sell you a newer version. Your best bet is to cut your losses and either purchase a new license for a newer product, or better still download the latest version of and be done with it.
My friend was working on a Microsoft Word file and made some changes in it. Suddenly Word crashed and closed. When he opens it again there was no data in the file and only one line in the header. However, one version of Word was released for free in 1999: Word 5.5. This version had a serious Y2K problem that, without a fix, corrupted every document created on it before the year 2000. Microsoft's cost analysis showed that it would be more expensive to contact each individual license holder than it would be to simply release the program. Create a document to be used by previous versions of Word. Using an older version of Word can. Versions of Microsoft Office Word and have. Microsoft has just released Office 2016, but some people are still using versions of the suite that are more than a decade old. What risks are they taking?
If you really must have that MS Office 2003 suite, you can either do a search for the string ' and take your chances, or do a search on for an old copy. After running an eBay search, I managed to find a copy of MS Office 2003 with a bid of $32.00 USD at the time of this writing. I also suggest that, when you purchase CDs, copy those discs onto a hard drive and keep them around that way.
You could even set up an ISO server to hold all of your installation discs so they're accessible by every machine on your network. Ask Jack: If you have a DIY question,, and I'll do my best to answer it. () Related Topics.
If you create a document to send to people who are working in earlier versions of Word and you know that they have installed the the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats, you can work in Microsoft Word 2010 mode. If you aren't sure whether the people you send your document to have installed the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel and PowerPoint Open XML File Formats, you can work in Compatibility Mode. Compatibility Mode makes sure that no new or enhanced features in Word 2010 are available while you work in a document, so that people who are using previous versions of Word will have full editing capabilities. Note: If you already created a document, and you want to find out what content won't be available for editing in earlier versions, see.
Turn on Compatibility Mode When you create a new document that will be used in an earlier version, you can turn on Compatibility Mode by saving the file in Word 97-2003 format. • Open a new document. • Click the File tab. • Click Save As. • In the Save as type list, click Word 97-2003 Document.
This changes the file format to.doc. • In the File name box, type a name for the document.