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Office 98 compatibility with really old Word and Excel

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We just got Office 98 for our small network of G3s. Trouble is we have these old LCs that use Word 5 and Excel 4. We need for the old machines to be able to access files created in 98. I found the converter for Word, but it is cumbersome and opens the document in a new untitled window. There is no converter for Excel. Does anybody know of a good work-around for this problem?

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by:paulvaneykelen
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In word 98 select tools>preferences
Select Save Tab
Then change save word documents as to word 5.1, which you are using on the LC's

Now word 98 will save all the files as 5.1 format. Which of course defies the whole purpose of purchasing office 98.

Work with 98 for a while and you will like it. It is much better than word 6


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by:lammons
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Okay, how about Excel???
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by:hansriet
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When you select in Excel Save As.. under the File menu there is a pull down menu in the standard savefileas dialog.
Pull this down and you'll see numerous versions to save your spreadsheet in (both Excel and other applications). These go back as far as Excel 2.2 if I remember correct.

The same goes for the Save As command in Word, so this will solve your Word problem as well while still being able to save as Word 98 file format. Remember though that by downgrading you'll lose formatting options and other goodies in the newer software versions.
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See, the problem is my coworkers are not going to remember to "save as." They can rarely remember where they saved a document, much less what format.

I really need a less clunky solution if there is one... HELP!!!
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I have some experience in older Mac apps.  What I think you should do is to save your documents first as Office 97 then re-open and save as ¨Macintosh Format for your desired software version¨.  Try now!.

If you could send me more details, please don´t hesitate to do so

calle_maus@hotmail.com
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For Excel select:
Tools>Preferences
Click on Transition Tab
In "Default save as type" click on file format you want.

All this information can also be found in the office help section under save!
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