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How do I  open old Publisher docs in Office 2003?

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I have Publisher documents from the mid-90's that 2003 won't open.  What I really want to do is get them translated (with all their graphics) into Word.  Can you help me do that?  Many thanks....
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by:adambaz
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Check out the KB article on it at:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/924685

As you say mid 90's, I'm assuming it was written in Publisher 2.0.

The workaround is:
1.      Start Publisher.
2.      On the File menu, click Open.
3.      Locate the file that you want, and then click Open.
4.      On the File menu, click Save As.
5.      In the Save as type box, click Publisher Files.
6.      Name the file, and then click Save.

Adam
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Once you have managed to open it, you should then simply be able to go to Save As > File Type > Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc).

Adam
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Thanks, Adam - but I only have Pub 2003 and Pub XP available here.  2003 will not open any and XP (when also installed) acts capriciously, mostly shutting down without opening.  Will I need to find a copy of 2.0, and if so, do I have to uninstall 2003 (a big pain) to open these files?  Bill
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I'm sorry,
I worded that badly.

I was just saying that I was assuming that you were using Publisher, so that the knowledge base article that I linked you to was relevant.

When I told you the work around, that meant within Publisher 2003.

Try the steps that I mentioned in my first post.

The problem is related to a security update that MS released, and prevented the functionality. So unless your version of publisher does not have the security update, then it won't work.

Give it a try anyway, otherwise email the file to me at eexchange@adambaz.co.uk and I'll do it with my Publisher 2007.

Adam



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Thanks, Adam - Should have noticed and opened the MS file - I do have all the updates so can't use my Pub as it is.  I appreciate your generous offer but I have a whole slew of files.  If I upgrade to 2007 is the problem resolved?  Or can I just reinstall Pub 2003 to avoid the updates?  Bill
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You can always try to remove the updates that are causing the problem before having to reinstall office.
1.      Click Start, click Run, type appwiz.cpl in the Open box, and then click OK.
2.      In the left column, click Change or Remove Programs.
3.      Click to select the Show Updates check box.
4.      In the Currently installed programs and updates list, click the update that you want to remove.
If the Remove / Uninstall button is available, you can remove the Office update, if not then you're going to have to reinstall.

You need to remove KB894542
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/894542/) Publisher 2003 Security Update: September 12, 2006

That should work, but if not then you can try using Scribus, which s an open source publlisher application from:
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/scribus/scribus-1.3.3.9-win32-install.exe?download
The installation notes are @ http://www.scribus.net/index.php?name=Sections&req=viewarticle&artid=2

Obviously it'd be easier if you can just remove that single security update.

Adam
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More thanks, Adam.  I can't removed the update and will resist reinstalling until there are no other possibilities.  I did get my Publisher XP (2002) to work partially - it opened and saved about 1 of 2 files I tried.  Don't know why the difference as both groups were last modified on the same day in 2004.  Am now going to try Scribus for the rest.  Will let you know what happens.  You have been a great and persistent guide!
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Great help - can't understand why it works on some files and not on others, but sometimes "ours is not to reason why..."  Thanks, Adam
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Couldn't get Scribus to recognize any .pub files, Adam - any sense in trying Open Office?
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Open Office doesn't have a publisher type application.

That's why I recommended Scribus.

Office 2007 should have no problems if you upgraded to that.

You still have the option of uninstalling Publisher 2003, and using that.

Good luck

Adam
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Thanks again, Adam...
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