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What is the meaning of additional tags and flags on the icons on my desktop?

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Explaination:  We recently moved our offices to a new hospital. With that move came changes in our network functions to accommodate new equipment although I can't speak to exactly what the changes are.  On my computer I noticed I was having problems with some of the files and noted changes in the appearance of my icons.  Excel icons that were both shortcuts and actual files on the desktop and on the network drive had changed.  They had somehow changed from a .xls file format to a macro-enabled Excel file type.  Every time I try to open a file I get a message that it is converting file type before it opens.  Other icons had double blue arrows. Others had icon upon icon.  I attach a WORD document of screen shots.  Questions:  I want to know what they mean and how file formats can change automatically to something else.  See attached for further explaination.  What action do you all recommend to correct the problem? Thanks,
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by:Vince Glisson
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You may be using new versions of office applications your old files were 2003 and new ones are 2007 so it will do a conversion when they open.
Double blue arrows mean that your files are being synced to a server and you have been setup to use offline files and you folders are redirected to the server.
When you log on or off or both it will popup a screen that says your files are being synced.
single black is just a shortcut to the file and/or application
you do not have a problem this is how it should be working..
 
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by:Vince Glisson
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opps forgot one of your questions...
exclamation point means it is a macro enabled file (excel 2007)
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by:mslindsey
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OK that answers the icon information and I am so appreciative of that, but why would the file types in Excel change from an .xls to to an .xlsm with no input from me or anyone else?

The files were created as Excel 2003 files some years ago and no one manually changed anything.  My computer is the only one with the double blue arrows on the icons even though our set up seems to be the same for all dept computers.  Now when I try to open the file I have to let it work through the conversion process each time which is annoying.

Thank you so much, MesaVince for the information and help as we try to figure out the problem or even if there is one.  




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Are you using excel 2007?
If so then it will convert the 2003 file for you, but if you don't save it then it will convert it everytime you open it...
 
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by:mslindsey
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Nope, I called our IT dept and we use 2003 exclusively. No one has 2007.  I did find out that they had downloaded the conversion file from Microsoft and put it on the server which is why we now have 2007 as a choice in file types. This is so we can convert 2007 files back to the 2003 format if we are sent 2007 files by a vendor.  

 To my knowledge, I know  the programs are programed to automatically convert files from a lesser version of an application to a higher version. But in this case it converted a lower version file to a higher version application when we don't even have the application available.  Truly tis a puzzlement!

Anyway, thanks so much for trying to help me.
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by:mslindsey
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Thanks so much for your help with this.  The tag information is so appreciated.
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