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WordPerfect vs Open Office or Softmaker Office

Question: WordPerfect vs Open Office or Softmaker Office

I have always used Wordperfect, but I have a new computer with Win 7 64bit. The Wordperfect that I have is too old and will not work on the new OS. I have MS Works 9 as an OEM on the new computer, but I don't like it. I am retired and do not want to spend much on new Office software. Can anyone tell me which of the 2 other software is most like Wordperfect? Thanks, Roneee

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Answer: WordPerfect vs Open Office or Softmaker Office

Nothing is like Word Perfect. I stopped using it 10 years ago and still miss it. Try Open Office (a free MS Office replacement):

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Ok, so i want everyones impressions on the various Office Suites.

I personally if i had hte money would go for the Microsoft Office Pro series. I for one, think MS Word is one of the most refined word processing applications avalible. And coming a very close second is Open Office. I find my self having many problems trying to do somthing in Word, or Word crashing, so i switch over to my trusty free Open Office.

As for Corel and WordPerfect, my experiance is that it is way over priced, and is basically on the level of "word pad".

I am attempting to have the company i work for tranition from MS Office to Open Office, but just for a control i thought i might throw in Corel.

So what are your guy's and gal's thoughts on the various office apps?

Answer:MS Office vs. Open Office vs. Corel WordPerfect Office

Openoffice is an extemely close second to MS-office and that is for one thing

Calc's graphing wizzard: It is horrendous. As an engineer I need to admend graphas add new plots... and it is soo hard with openoffice

There is suppose to be a more MS-wizzard with OO-2.1 so until then Openofffice is 2nd
When the new wizzard is shipped it takes first place very quickly and by a signifcant margin

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SoftMaker Office is a complete and limited - featured office suite that comes with a word processor, a spreadsheet, and a presentation-graphics program. Compatible with many Microsoft Word and Excel formats. (pre Office 2010), more like office 2003.

Note:Requires registration using Your name, Country & E Mail address used for activation and to obtain serial key by E Mail.

Free SoftMaker Office 2008

Formats the Word Processor (TextMaker) can open.

Formats the Spread Sheet (PlanMaker) can open.

Formats the Power point like application (Presentations) can open.

Note: Compatible with XP, Vista & Windows 7 and currently using in Windows 8 CP (Compatibility mode)

Answer:Free full featured office suite - SoftMaker Office 2008

Sounds good, but since I already have MS Office 2007, I guess I don't need it. Will it do something that mine won't?

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You can now download a fully functional and permanently usable version of the SoftMaker Office 2008 office suite.
SoftMaker Office is a complete and full-featured office that comes with a word processor, a spreadsheet, and a presentation-graphics program.
Includes: TextMaker Word processor, PlanMaker Spreadsheet, SoftMaker for Presentations. SoftMaker Office 2008: Download this full-featured office suite for free!

Answer:SoftMaker Office 2008 - Free Office Suite

Woah - never heard of this one - so thanks again for the heads up. may also interest some if they are looking for Office Alternatives.

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Answer:SoftMaker Office giveaway

Got mine this morning. SoftMaker Office is a good suite - I've used the Ashampoo licensed version without the Presentation module.

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Helping some people who can't afford MS Office and are looking for an alternative. Softmaker's Free Office boasts the fastest loading time of the competition, and outstanding compatibility with MS Office going from opening modern Office 2016 files back to legacy Wordperfect!

I have some questions about the Softmaker's Free Office:

1.) Can envelopes be printed?

2.) How often does Free Office Update and what are the options for updating?

3.) How do you change each program to save to it's Microsoft Office equivalent be default?


Answer:Questions About Softmaker's Free Office

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If you're looking for a free alternative to Open Office then have a look here.
1: http://SoftMaker Office 2008

Answer:SoftMaker Office 2008 free.

What ever happened there then? Try the linl again, link

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SoftMaker Office 2016 equips you excellently for your office tasks.

With SoftMaker Office 2016, documents, calculations and presentations are handled just as fast
as E-mail correspondence or your appointment and task planning. From simple everyday tasks to the
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SoftMaker Office 2016 is ...
Starts as fast as lightning, opens documents in the blink of an eye and enables you to attain results immediately.

Offers a huge functional scope and can be operated simply and intuitively.

Edits Microsoft Office documents as true to the original as Microsoft Office itself.
SoftMaker Office 2016
Writing, calculating, presenting, E-mail, tasks and appointments.

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Answer:Beta: SoftMaker Office 2016

Hmm, I may have to take a closer look at this one. I've been using LibreOffice for a while now and don't really have any issues with it, but I'm always up for a change in scenery. Thanks for the link

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Grab this full-featured office suite for free. You will be amazed.

You can now download a fully functional and permanently usable version of SoftMaker FreeOffice for Windows for free.

SoftMaker FreeOffice is a complete office suite with a word processor, a spreadsheet, and a presentation-graphics program:

FreeOffice TextMaker is more than just Word-compatible: It is not only great at document creation, but also at adding great-looking layouts.
The FreeOffice PlanMaker spreadsheet is not only Excel-compatible, but convinces with ease-of-use, speed, and presentation-quality charts.
And FreeOffice Presentations presents itself as a capable, easy to use alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint
System requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000


Answer:The free alternative to Microsoft Office-SOFTMAKER

Wrong section bud, but this seems to be like OpenOffice.

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I'm wondering if there are any system conflicts or issues with MS Office and Wordperfect Office being installed on the same machine

Answer:MS Office and Wordperfect Office conflict

Should not be any.

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Just received a new computer for Christmas HP with Vista. I have my original Wordperfect Office 2002 (wordperfect 10) discs with serial number. Will this program be compatible with Vista. I'm not worried about converting any files as it is just my home computer.

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I understand that if a user installs Open Office on a machine with conventional Office 97-2003 that Open Office will use its own suite of products for each application. (Unless the user ops to use Office to open the applications by unchecking the corresponding application boxes during Open Office's installation.) But if a user chooses Open Office as the default for applications on a system that also has Office 2007 on it, how does Open Office deal with this if the OO applications remain checked as the default?

Does the current version of OO even understand how to DEAL with the new Office 2007? I understand that OO can not read docx documents, which is the default for Word 2007, (although this can be easily changed back to doc.) I found out that Open Office 3.0, scheduled for release this fall, will be able to read docx documents. What's so great about docx docs anyway?

Using my example, assume this situation on a new Windows Vista machine. (fresh installs of each program or Office 2007 OEM (factory installed.) What behavior would be expected here?


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I have Microsoft Works docs saved on my new PC (copied from old PC via flash drive). My new PC (OS Windows 7) does not have MS Works so I downloaded Open Office to use as my word processor. My question-how can I transfer the MS Works docs from their location on my PC into the Open Office software.

Any input appreciated.

Answer:Solved: Open Office software-how do I transfer MS works docs into Open Office applica

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I had created a spreadsheet file in MS-Office 2007 with extensio (xls).After few day i formatted my computer and installed xp and then opend the same file using OpenOffice.I saved the changes but forgot to change the extension to xls.So after when i tried to open the file from MS-Office 2007,it tell
"The file you are trying to open is in different form than specified by the file extension.Verify thtat the file is not corrupted and is from trusted source before opening the file.Do you wnat to open the file now?"
And when i click ok...the spread sheet is blank..
then i tried opening with OpenOffice but asks for text imports...but again the spreadsheet is blank...
the size of the file is as before....
Is there any solution..or it need a professionls to get the thing done.
the file is very important for pleas help me get the file...
i will be glad to get the solution...

Answer:cannot open excle file created from MS-Office 2007 but later saved in Open Office

Unless it contained sensitive data, could you post the Calc file here so that we can take a look.

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I am a teacher, and have had my students do some assignments on Open Office using machines that run Edubunu. They have then uploaded their assignments and I want to be able to mark them at home but I have windows based Open Office. Will I be able to open their assignments?

Answer:Can I open documents created on Open Office on a linux based system using a windows based Open Office?

Your school must be so cool if it uses Edubuntu!

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Whenever I click on an Office or Open Office attachment in Windows 10 mail I get two options, Open or Download. No matter which option I choose it takes me to my document folder to save. I am unable to view the file. I can go to the same attachment in or windows live mail and open it no problem which is a nuisance because I like the convenience of using the new mail app. I have removed the app and reinstalled it but still have the same problem.

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After installing Wordperfect x8 from the CD, I would like to add two more programs from the same CD. After inserting the CD it does not give me that option anymore. How can I do that?

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Anyone know of any deals for this software? My girlfriend prefers it to MS Word and I'd like to get a legit copy of it. We are both students and I have gotten the deal on Word but can't find anything like it for Wordperfect.

Also, this post is probably more fitting in the deals section, but alas, I don't have a post count high enough to post it there.

Thanks for any help.

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I installed WordPerfect Office 12 without apparent problem but it won't run. When I tried to start it, the hourglass came up for a second, went away and nothing else happened. I performed the same install on two other computers as a check and it installed and ran, on both, without incident. I suspended all security during install and was logged in as Administrator.

System is HP Media Center PC, Pentium 4 CPU, 3.2 GHZ, 1 MEG RAM, running Win XP Media Center Edition, Ver: 2000, SP2

Answer:WordPerfect Office 12 won't run

The only thing I can suggest is to get WP out of the registry and try reinstalling.

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Just bought a new laptop with Windows7 64bit installed-my first exposure to Windows7. I had Office 2007 installed on my old Dell 32 bit machine. I had also recently pruchased Office 2010 and installed that on my new machine.

Now, when I try to open those 32bit 2007 files with 64bt 2011, Iget an error message that "no picture file is available", or words to that effect. When I try to "open with", the only option displayed is "Microsoft Office" with an icon that looks like a picture file. When I try to browse to the proper office program(Excel, for example), there are none of teh Office suite programs displayed, only "Microsoft Office".

I can navigate seperately to the proper progran, Excel, etc., and drag the file into the application, and it opens, and all seems to work OK. I "save as" the proper application file, but it still will not open with double-click on the file name.

I have not seen this particular item in the forums and would appreciate very much some help in fixing this issue.



Answer:Office 2010(Win7, 64bit) won't open Office 2007(WinXPr3 32 bit) files

Hello Grubby76, welcome to the forum.

We have an excellent Window 7 File Association Tutorial here:
Open With - Change Default Program

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I was successful in installing Office 2003, activating it, and updating in Windows 7, but every time I open any one of the Office apps I have to click accept on the EULA box.† Is there any workaround to make the box go away permanently?

Answer:Office 2003 installs but EULA box appears every time I open an Office application

right-click on a shortcut to one of the apps, and select "Run as Administrator".After you do this once, you won't have to do it again.

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I'm running Windows 7 on my new computer, which came with a trial version of Office 2010. Rather than buy the full version when the trial expired, I installed the Office 2003 I had on my old -- now dead -- computer. I now find that I can't open the Word and Excel files I created with the 2010 version. Is there a 'cloud' site where I could send the 2010 files and have them returned to me as standard .xls and .doc files? Or is there a free converter available for download?

Answer:Solved: How can I open Office 2010 documents on a computer that has only Office 2003?

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I have a 2003 SBS machine and have various clients connected through exchange to get mail. Users typically leave outlook running the whole day while they work on programs such as access/excel.

I have noticed that on some machines excel and word docs open very quickly over the network until outlook is left open and connected to exchanged. we are opening the files on a variety of win 2003 servers, however when they have their outlook exchange account connected I have seen the docs take anywhere from 3-5x the normal amount of time to open.

I have also noticed that opening email attachments such as xls and doc are also very slow while connected to exchange, but it seems to vary from file to file, some seem better than others.

does the connection to exchange complicate the process of opening docs on remote machines or does it sound like I have a misconfiguration somewhere? I would like to get the performance of opening a file (say a xls) on a network share to be the same as it is when outlook is not connected to exchange.

I do not have these PCs running in offline or cached mode as we have a shared calendar that does not display correctly when I enabled these features. Clients are running office 2003,2007,2010. Turning on cached mode does not seem to make much if any of a difference btw.

Thanks for any insight you may have

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Hi all
can you tell me if it is possible or not to use Office web App server 2013 alone without going through SharePoint, Lync, or exchange 2013?
Let me explain:
in a society where there is an infrastructure SharePoint, Lync and exchange 2013 with office web app server 2013, is a user that does not have office on his Computer, can open office (word excel..) document, bypassing SharePoint, Lync and exchange?
If it is possible thanks to guide me on how I can find nothing on the net...

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On my Win7 PC I have open office and on my WinXP Laptop I have Office 2007. Both have one major problem: the spell-checker does not work regularly for English and does not work at all for other languages, e.g., French, Spanish, or German.

I did read other threads regarding this problem and I did go through the routine of Tools-option-writing aids; and marked "check spelling as you type." I also have my abc on the menu bar checked and the adjacent ABC is underlined with a red wavy line (which means the spell-checker is active).

The problem is that when I activate the Eng language in my task bar and type a wrong word, it will be marked with a wavy red line-- which means my spell checker works for English. Now while I still have English on my language bar, if I type a word in Spanish, the spell-checker doesn't work because the foreign word is not marked with red-wavy line. If I change the language in my task bar to Spanish and write a wrong Spanish word, again the spellchecker doesn't seem to work.

Anybody has any idea what seems to be the problem?

I greatly appreciate your help.

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I installed office 2007 (full install after uninstall of office 2003) on vista yesterday and every time I open an office product, it gives me a message ?please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office professional 2007?. Then it pops a window with a status bar for ?Configuration Progress?.

I looked this up online and it said that this was caused by installing as a user, not an administrator. So I uninstalled office entirely, booted, and reinstalled as administrator.

Still doing the same thing. Anyone have any ideas?

Answer:office 2007 configuring every time I open an office app on vista

that behaviour it's from all office versions till now, i didn't see that in 2007, create a new user and see if it does the same, generally office firt starts do that to configure the profile, if it works just backup our profile and make a new one for you


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it's possible that Office was installed improperly, i cannot open any other non Windows app, they all open to Office Word. is this a virus?
System Restore opens to Office, Control Panel works normally. How can I fix this?

Answer:Office 2010- the other apps have Word icons and open to Office.

Is this a legally liensed version of MS Office?
Sounds as if you didn't install Office...who did, in that case?
When was Office installed?
System manufacturer and model?

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How dose impress work compared to power point I have about 5 or more people who need power-point for their kids home work assignments , but money is tight so I would like to go with the shareware if it will work for them.

Answer:open office vs Microsoft office for power point apps

I've used both Open Office and Office 2k3, For PP
I would go with Microsoft Office, More options, easier to use, and everyone knows it

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All of these three apps (Microsoft Office, LibreOffice, and Open Office) freeze immediately after opening any file such as .docx, .doc, etc through them.
The problems with all the three apps started at the same time. I have reinstalled the apps several times, but that didn't solve anything.
There is no antivirus except Windows 10' Defender.
Please help. I am going crazy here.
I've Windows 10 home edition. It is updated.

Answer:Microsoft Office, Open Office, LibreOffice - all three apps freezing!!

Does the same happen if you try this in Safe Mode?

Have you changed your page file settings from default?

Do you have a system restore point or disk images (which we strongly and repeatedly recommend using) you can use to return to a point before this problem started?

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Hey All,

Here is my issue. The Company we consult for has not transitioned all of the way to Office 2007. We have a number of machines that still have Office 2003. Compatibility Pack works on almost all issues.

Current issue is one of our users received a PowerPoint 2003 that has embedded PowerPoint 2007 files. When the user opens the PowerPoint 2007 file Office 2003 shuts down. He has to download the 2007 file to his desktop.

From what I can see this is because the file conversion process shuts down Office 2003 before attempting to open the PowerPoint 2007 file.

Another issue that may be complicating the error is we had to run a Fixit patch from Microsoft that was causing Excel, Word and PowerPoint to be scanned which caused long opening times. I don't remember the KB article for that one at the moment but will find it if I need to.

Thanks for any help in advance.

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I have an Excel file which has some moving objects as well as some drop down menus. I recently installed MS Office 2007 after erasing 2003. The Excel tables now are disabled, the file now looks like a picture, only the fields outside of the content are really clickable.I have tried to enable all macros, downloaded the MS compatibility pack, still same issue. Any suggestions/ideas? The file works in 2013 and 2016.I can share the file upon request ...

Answer:Office 2003 Excel file will not open with Office 2007

Thank you for your suggestions, here an update: I got the file working - how, no idea. I re-opened the original attachment, deleted the one I had on my PC and voila, it works.

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Hello. My trial versions of office 2003 expired. I installed and it has more than enough functionality. I relaced Outlook with Mozilla Thunderbird. The only functionality I need is a calendar. Does anyone know of a good calendar application? Anything that integrates with Thunderbird? Many thanks!

Answer:MS Office replaced with Open Office & Mozilla. What application for a calendar?

You can try the Mozilla Calendar plugin although I still find it a little buggy. Using another plugin, you can have a button on the Thunderbird toolbar to bring up the calendar program. It does it's purpose decently though, but I had a difficult time with importing data from Outlook 2003.


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I have a client that has Office 365. They have two people with this issue. It's not really a huge problem but more as an annoyance. Whenever they go to open a document through an Office product (Word/Excel: File>Open>Computer>Browse) the documents appear but they're missing the icons next to their name. There's barely any information on it when Googling this and they all seem to lead to dead ends for us. The two I have found are and neither have resolved our issue. I have ran a repair on Office, re-installed office, recreated Windows icons, and opened the programs in Safe Mode to no avail. No Add-Ins are causing the issue. You can see the icons to the left of the files in Internet Explorer when going to Documents. Any help would be appreciated!

Thank you.

Answer:Office 365 Icons not being displayed when in office program>open>browse

I am just throwing out an idea and it probably will not work but what happens when you change to Large Icon view? Do you see the icons?

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I have long used Open Office, but recently I read in PC Advisor that Libre Office (derived from it)was better. However printing an envelope in Libre Office seems almost impossible. When the print order is given, the small text window to the left shows the wrong size, and when printing a DL envelope it clearly shows and gives the size of a B5 envelope. I did not make a mistake in selecting the correct size. Can anyone help and is this a problem with Libre Office?

Answer:Word Processing problem, Open Office and Libre Office

I have Libre Office version and just tried to print a DL envelope and had no problems.
When I prepared the envelope, I went into Format/Page and selected DL Envelope. then Landscape. This set the paper size. I then typed the envelope with a return address on the top right side and the recipient address amid-ships. Put the envelope in the printer, long ways in and bingo.
As a matter of interest do you have to change the paper size in the printer properties? I didn't on mine. I also have to say that I am using a MAC, but the principles should be the same on a Windows machine.

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I am running Office 2003 on Windows 7. My PC is only 6 months old and everything has been running like butter. All of a sudden Office files open slowly when double-clicked from their respective locations (they would normally blink up). If I open Word or Excel and then open the files from there, they open quick. Outlook on the other hand, is just slow to load up...which it wasn't before.

I did a ton of research online and couldn't get a clear fix. My thoughts are:
Anti Virus? (I'm using AVG Free)
Ad-Aware Free? (Ad-Watch live is on...however it was on before)
Windows update or office update?

But obviously I'm here to get your thoughts. It's a pain in the ass when I bought a new PC so it could perform quick, and now spreadsheets and email take 20 seconds or more to open.


Answer:Office files open slowly (Office 2003 / Windows 7)

I just wanted to add that when I disconnect the PC from the internet, the problem seems to go away?

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I have a 60 day trial version of Office 2007 Home & Student on my laptop and would like to try the free Open Office before deciding to pay microsoft to keep Office 2007. Can anyone please tell me if I can have both programmes running on my computer at the same time please?

Answer:Trial Home & Student Office 2007 and Open Office

Of course you can, neither program will interfere with the other.Be careful about file association options when installing Open Office though, as OO may well take over the MS Office file types...

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I need help in using Corel WordPerfect Office X4 Standard OEM. I am writing a book and I cannot edit my book the way I want to using this software such as moving certain lines in a paragraph up or down or re-arranging sentences. I also need to know the correct way of saving a word document to wordperfect format so I can edit the document. Can someone please help me with basic use knowledge. Thanks.

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I purchased a refurbished ACER last year and since than I have had the most horrible time with the above mentioned program ''QUARTTO PRO R 11 ''.
To mention that this version is from 2004. I have been getting the error message '' MICROSOFT VISUAL C++
abnormal program termination

Now , the problem is that all of my files in that program are frozen. I can't
get past this message. I am running VISTA HP . I have tried to install the updates for both WORDPERFECT and QUARTTO PRO 11. No good , I am
being told that COREL doesn't support either of the above any more . So I
tried to install the update's manually . YEA ! Right . It seems that I have not had an update for 4 years.

Should I get this program taken off my computer or is there some good advice that may come my way.


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I recently downloaded the Service Pack 1 upgrade for WordPerfect Office 11 (2003)OEM. When I attempted to install the upgrade, I received the following message:

"The upgrade patch cannot be installed by the Windows Installer service because the program to be upgraded may be missing, or the upgrade patch may update a different version of the program. Verify that the program to be upgraded exists on your computer and that you have the correct upgrade patch."

The upgrade patch is for use with Version, which is the version I have. Can you tell me why the upgrade doesn't work?

Answer:WordPerfect Office 11 (2003) OEM

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I have MS Office 2003 on my computer in order to use Outlook, Excel, and also to open Word documents when needed.

In the past, I have installed WordPerfect Office 2002 (was using MS Office 2000 at the time) because I really prefer it for word processing. Every time I did it, there has been a clash because of some file that the two programs share.

Now that I have MS Office 2003 on my computer, would that clash still exist if I buy the latest copy of WordPerfect?


Answer:Will WordPerfect co-exist with MS Office?

I picked up a copy of WP 12 for a project I was working on, and installed with Office 2003. Both applications seem to work just fine. I see that WP is now in the X3 revision, can't comment on that one.

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Recently installed Office 2010 (32 bit becuz it was recommended to do so my MS) and now when I send an Office 2007 file to that PC (both PCs are Win 7 64 it) it tries to open the file in Windows Media!!

What the heck am I doing wrong? I'm beginning to think I should not have purchased Office 2010 Pro and stayed with the Office 2007 on all my machines.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Office 2007 files will not open in Office 2010

That is weird.
Could you please describe step by step how you are sending the file to another PC.
Also, please provide more details on what type of the file that is. And if you create a similar file on recipient PC, will it be opened in Windows Media as well?

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Anyone migrated their business from Microsoft Office to Open Office?

Thinking about doing it as a way to cut back on costs. Currently we are using variety of office versions right now (2007, 2003, & 2000) It would cost a small fortune to get everyone on the same version.

Just looking for some feedback, share your thoughts and experiences. Thanks.

Answer:Anyone migrated their business from Microsoft Office to Open Office?

I don't run any company or enterprise, but it's been several years I'm happily using open office, it's 3 times smaller than MS and to me much easier to use. I think the functions and features and interface are pretty well organized. And for that all, it's freeware.

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Whenever I try to open a word document (which is associated with OpenOffice writer, Office 2003 Setup attempts to install something. It fails because I deleted the installation files (out of the office suite I only installed PP and Excel). Why is this happening?

Answer:Microsoft Office installer launches with Open Office

When Setup runs, what does it try to install? (What does it say in the window)

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I realize that this is not primarily a Windows7 problem, but it just bothered me to see one program stopping me from setting the file associations for another program. And I need to vent.

I have been running both Libre Office (LO) and Open Office (OO) for months now, not a heavy user, just trying to keep both going while I figure which one I liked best. These apps share file extensions, and are very file compatible, and I had always been able to open the same document in either

Both families of programs pinned to the Start Menu had, for months, contained file history of many documents, some documents showing as history in both app-families, and able to be opened in either LO or OO. Yesterday, I upgraded Open Office. First thing I noticed, the LO apps pinned to the start menu had their document history icons changed to OO icons. Sure enough, these documents, in the history list of a pinned LO app, open in OO. Rats, I think--I guess I will have to re-assign the extensions to LO. . . . No can do! I have never had this happen before, but I now when I use "Open With" on a file with the shared extensions, (.ods, .odt,...) then "Choose Default Programs...", then "browse" to set a new default, the LO app does not stick. So far, I am unable to set the file association to any of the LO apps.

I have occasionally seen software, usually pretty sleazy and undesirable software, that would hijack file associations, would take-over as much of the compute... Read more

Answer:Libre Office & Open Office file associations

I think the problem here is that Libre Office is a recent fork from Open Office. At one time they were so close that you couldn't have both loaded on the same system.

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I now have a new problem, before I managed to open 2007 files by opening Office 2010 and then from inside the application choosing to open a file. The problem I have though is if I just try to open an Office 2007 file then I can't open it, and I can't change the default program to open it.

How do you get Office 2010 to open all the Office 2007 files such as word, excel etc?

Answer:Can't open Office 2007 files with Office 2010!

please don't cross post

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Hello, I upgraded Office 2002 to Office XP but when I open any of the programs, the Office XP label appears briefly but it then opens as Office 2002. Any ideas on how to fix this? Thank you!

Answer:Office XP programs open as Office 2002 after upgrade

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At work I have Windows 2000 along with Office 2000. If I save a document to disk and take it home, will my home computer with Windows 95 and Office 97 be able to read the document??? If not, how can I change them to RTF files?

Answer:Office 97: Will it open Office 2000 Word files?

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i used to use - The Free and Open Productivity Suite but now i see there is LibreOffice Productivity Suite - The Document Foundation and they have succeeded in confusing me, can anyone tell me which one is the way to go for a windows office alternative?

Answer:open office and libre office... whats the difference?

Most here use Open office. It has been found to be compatible with the famous and expensive MS product Office.
It has been used by many and they are satisifed. I never heard of the other, which says something in itself.
The most important feature that you want is comapatiblity with MS Word, as most people use that. You want to be sure that you can send them doucments and it can be read. Well, you have that with Open Office.

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Answer:Do any of the Microsoft Office suites have anything Open Office doesn't?

Onenote. . . . nuffsaid

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I've recently got a new machine and had copied my old PST file over. Whenever I go to open it I get "File access is denied. You do not have the permission required to access the file C:\Users\*username*\Documents\Outlook Files\*pst file name*"

I created a test archive and was able to open that one (same location ) just fine.
Is there an add-in/converter tool I need to run in order to be able to open my old PST file?

Answer:Open an Office 2007 PST file in Office 2010

How to move your personal folders (.pst) file in Outlook

Also, lots of information about transferring PST files here:
Backup and Restore | HowTo-Outlook

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Just about to install office 2003, but want to check if it is possible to open Office 2003 files with Office 2000 with minimum loss.Any experience?

Answer:open office 2003 files with Office 2000?

you should have no problems as i run office 2003 and my co-workers run office 2000 and they can open fine.I think it is only if you start encryting them that causes a few problems

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Right so there is Vista and Microsoft Office on my mom's computer, I type out the document on that, send it to my PC, it doesn't open it, concerns are surronding a little theory that if I type out a document on Vista and send it to a company, they won't be able to open it...Even if I save document as a 95 or 98 word file, still won't recognise it...Can abybody suggest anything?P.S. Vista PC has the full version of Office, my XP one, has expired Office that can only view documents...Thanks!

Answer:XP office can't open Vista office Word files...

and you save a created document in an earlier Word version format, anyone with Microsoft Office will be able to open it.Vista has nothing to do with it.

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I have used Open Office for years with no problems. It's easy to save as a Word document. I bought a new new computer wrote several items, saved in OO. This computer doesn't have Word installed so I installed Office Start (not knowing the difference). Now every OO document on my desktop is taken over by Word - literally with a big W. I can't open it unless I agree to a long list of rules, including personalized ads, which I don't want.

I'm not very computer savvy and don't know if I should uninstall Office Starter.

Please advise.

Answer:Solved: Conflict between Open Office and Office Starter

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Hello please help me. well I have office 2007 and office 2003 on my PC. So my friwnd gave me a ppt file that is in office 2010 and unfortunatly i dont have office 2010. if there are any converters to convert this file in offive 2007??? or if there is other way to open this 2010 file?

Answer:Open office 2010 PPT files with Office 2007

2010 doesn't have different file extensions from 2007. docx, xlsx, pptx, accdb. You should be able to open those files in 2007 without issue.Also, it's not really the best idea to have two different versions of Office installed. They can conflict, especially when it comes to macros and equations.

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Hello, I upgraded Office 2002 to Office XP but when I open any of the programs, the Office XP label appears briefly but it then opens as Office 2002. Any ideas on how to fix this? Thank you!

Answer:Office XP programs open as Office 2002 after upgrade

I'm sorry, I posted this in the wrong forum. I'll post it to the correct forum now.

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I am wondering if anyone knows how to customize the "Open Office Document" program in Office 2000... this is the small program that archives shortcuts and has a tool bar on the left hand side with options that include : Web folders, Favorites, Desktop, Personal and History. I want to customize the "Look In:" tool bar...


Answer:Office 2000: Open Office Document Shortcut

I can't find a single way to change that setting. So, here's what I'd do.

Go to your (default) folder in Windows Explorer. Right-click it and hit Create Shortcut. Then, right-click the shortcut and hit Properties. Hit Change Icon. Give it the Open Office Document icon and also rename it to Open Office Document.

Copy or cut the shortcut.

Go to C:\windows\start menu and delete the old Open Office Document Shortcut and paste the new one in there.

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We are using Office 2000 pro on Windows 2000 Pro PC's. We install Office as a local admin. Everthing installs and works fine. After the install a non-local admin logs into office and attempts to open Word. The installer for Office opens. It will only complete if the user has local admin privalages, if not it does not complete properly and each time the user logs in the installer kicks in. Is there a way around this (so once we install Office it will open up for all users, or do all my users have to have local admin privalages for the initial openning of office. After the installer completes, I can remove the the user out of the local admin group and everything works fine. If there is a way around this that would be great. we use roaming profiles and we have several multiuser PC' and the current issue is a real headache

Thank you

Answer:Users are getting prompted for office CD first time they open office

Ok, try this, since you are doing a manual install on each system . . .

After install, open each program once.

OFF2000: Installer Starts and Prompts You for Office Source When You Start Office Program for First Time

Which installation option are you using?? Are you running all from Computer??

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Quote: "WordPerfect Office 12 making me very angry!!!
I have Windows XP. Iíll be doing something on the computer (Doesnít matter if Iím on the internet or not) and Iíll get this annoying program called WordPerfect Office 12 that keeps trying to install itself. Iíll click cancel like 20 times and then it comes up with a message (after the 20th time it has tried to install and I keep clicking cancel, and it's one right after another not every few minutes) that says, ďThe feature that you are trying to use is on a CD-ROM or other removable disk that is not available. Insert the`Word Perfect Office 12` disk and click O.K. to continue (gives you the option to cancel or O.K). Then at the bottom it says Use Source: [WordPerfect Office 12] or it gives you the option to browse.I click cancel and the next window says:"error 1706. No valid source could be found for source WordPerfect Office 12. The windows installer cannot continue. I click O.K and the process starts all over again. I go to the add/remove programs and try to remove it and it says it has to be installed before I can uninstall it yet it shows up in my add/delete programs menu list like it's already there. Any idea on how to get rid of it, is it another virus or spy wear, or is it something I NEED to install (i don't have a wordperfect office 12 disk). I doesnít state anywhere that it is an update. Please help, itís really annoying and freaking me out (more like Pi**ing me off). Thanks fo... Read more

Answer:**WordPerfect Office 12 install virus?? HELP Please!**

its a corel product try add remove in safe mode.also checkfor a shortcut on the desktop which is most proably the installer.

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Can MS Office read the Corel Wordperfect files? TIA


Answer:Corel Wordperfect --> Microsoft Office

Yep, Word can read and convert most WP files.

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I don't want wordperfect office 2000 loading calendar, presentations and so on at startup. Whatever I try to do to remove, it just re-loads next time.


Mike Lin's Home Pageclick hereTry this one

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Friends, I have some very important files which were created using WordPerfect Office 2002 many years ago. WordPerfect Office 2002 had been installed on a Win98 PC and it had been in use to create documents in an office until recently. Now all these very critical WordPerfect files have been migrated onto a WinXP Home PC running MS Word. To enable the WordPerfect files to open, I tried to install the WordPerfect Office 2002 application which had been installed on the Win98 PC on the WinXP Home PC, but it failed/refused to install. What I need to do is find a WordPerfect Office application which is supported by WinXP and is also backward-compatible. Can any one help? If not, does anyone know any application that can covert the WordPerfect files into MS Word 2003/2007 files? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Does Win XP support WordPerfect Office 2002?

Ask on their forum

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I have Windows XP. I’ll be doing something on the computer (Doesn’t matter if I’m on the internet or not) and I’ll get this annoying program called WordPerfect Office 12 that keeps trying to install itself. I’ll click cancel like 20 times and then it comes up with a message (after the 20th time it has tried to install and I keep clicking cancel, and it's one right after another not every few minutes) that says, “The feature that you are trying to use is on a CD-ROM or other removable disk that is not available. Insert the`Word Perfect Office 12` disk and click O.K. to continue (gives you the option to cancel or O.K). Then at the bottom it says Use Source: [WordPerfect Office 12] or it gives you the option to browse.I click cancel and the next window says:"error 1706. No valid source could be found for source WordPerfect Office 12. The windows installer cannot continue. I click O.K and the process starts all over again. I go to the add/remove programs and try to remove it and it says it has to be installed before I can uninstall it yet it shows up in my add/delete programs menu list like it's already there. Any idea on how to get rid of it, is it another virus or spy wear, or is it something I NEED to install (i don't have a wordperfect office 12 disk). I doesn’t state anywhere that it is an update. Please help, it’s really annoying and freaking me out (more like Pi**ing me off)... Read more

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I have bits of pieces of stuff from the CD "WordPerfect Office 2000". I have just the basic installation of WordPerfect 9 and Quattro Pro 9. I very rarly use the programs, but have had to reinstall the CD and find that the programs crash almost every time.

The rare time that I use WordPerfect 9 is for personal notes. The Quattro Pro 9, I've used to make a sheet including 2 columns of information, kind of like what you would see in a newspaper, or shopping list.

Is there a free program out there that I can download to replace the aging CD, as I'd hate to purchase a new CD that I wouldn't use, or wouldn't know how to use, I barely know how to use this one! lmao

Thanks for any suggestions!


Answer:Question about WordPerfect Office 2000

>> Is there a free program out there that I can download to replace the aging CD, as I'd hate to purchase a new CD that I wouldn't use, or wouldn't know how to use, I barely know how to use this one! lmao Thanks for any suggestions! <<

You mean is it available somewhere "For Free?"

No, WordPerfect is not available "legally" for FREE; as far as I know, anyway. However you can get the WordPerfect 12 Productivity Pack CD for like $3.95 in this auction on Ebay which includes WordPerfect 12 - The Oxford Pocket English Dictionary - Clipbook and PerfectScript.

The auction supposedly ends on Jul-23-06 17:18:53 PDT however the eBay auctioneer "digipulseinc" has 32 available so you might want to save the "View seller's other items" to your favorites for future reference!

I mean it may not be FREE but you can get WordPerfect 12 there for like the price of two cups of coffee!

Good Luck

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I removed Word and tried to reinstall but they want a serial number. I put in the numbers and letters I found on the disc but it said they were invalid and to contact Corel. We bought the Computer about a year ago and I can't find the paperwork that came with it. If I would have known that I would have to put in serial numbers, I probably would have tried to fix the problems as opposed to removing it and trying to reinstalling it. Does anyone know where I can find the serial number? I went to Corel's website and they have an 800 number and I copied it down and I will call tomorrow if no one knows where to find this number that they want. I would appreciate any help.

Thank you,


Answer:Can't Find Serial # When Reinstalling Ms Wordperfect Office 11

I'm more than a little confused, Sherri, and perhaps you may be too. You see, WordPerfect belongs to Corel sure enough, But you also seem to be referring to Microsoft (MS?) Word, which belongs of course to Microsoft.

Corel WordPerfect and Microsoft Word are two different applications. Not surprisingly, the serial number belonging to one will not be valid for the other.

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I have installed Microsoft Works 9.

Problem is, I have documents in WordPerfect9 and Quattro Pro9 (from Perfect Office 2000), plus some documents in Open in both word processing and spreadsheet. I believe I may still have some documents in WordPad as well. Yah, I'm a mess, lol.

Is there an easy click of a button, to have all my files from all these different programs, transferred smoothly over into my new Microsoft Works 9 wordprocessing and speadsheet programs?


Answer:WordPerfect Office 2000 ----> Microsoft Works 9

You could change the file associations if your converter is able enough.
I know Works has converters, did you open all the file types in works and see if formatting is retained before you change anything?

ie open a WordPerfect Letter note file extension, open a Works Letter note file extension (sry I don't know the extensions) then locate WP file in explorer and rename the WordPerfect letter "......1."works extension" try to open, see if Works opens and retains formating, repeat with all program/file types.

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Hi: Please help me with my WordPerfect Office X5. I keep getting the following "Error 38 - Word Perfect Office files have been damaged or modified. Please reinstall from your original source". I have tried this plus removed and reinstalled several times but still get same message. Even managed to find an App. for this I had saved on a Disk. Cannot get a NEW ACTIVE LINK for this download. Corel will not help me just said to download WordPerfect Office X7 and pay $199.99. I HAVE ALREADY PAID FOR WORDPERFECT OFFICE X5!!! Please help me with this!

Answer:Corel WordPerfect Office X5 - Purchased Nov 29-2011

From: ERROR 38 (alleged damaged file) and DOWNLOAD INSURANCE

Maybe it will help? Sounds like copy protection usual.

Error 38 is generated when the Protexis License service is not running. This can sometimes occur after system startup while services are in the process of initializing or if the Protexis service has been stopped. To further trouble shoot this error, follow the steps below:

Enabling Protexis
Click on start and go up to Run. If you are running Windows VISTA? click on Start -> Programs ( or All Progams ) -> Accessories -> Run.
In the 'Open:' box, type in MSCONFIG and click Ok.
Click on the 'Services' tab at the top of screen.
At the bottom of the screen, above 'Ok' & 'Cancel' check the option 'Hide All Microsoft Services'.
Ensure that the item: 'ProtexisLicensing' is enabled.
NOTE: Only one instance of ProtexisLicensing can be enabled. If there are multiple instances of this uncheck the second copy.
Click Ok and select the option to restart the computer.

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Answer:Wordperfect Office Installation Runtime error


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I've tried posting this on the WordPerfect forums, but can't get any help.

I'm trying to upgrade an entire office from WordPerfect 9 with Windows XP to WordPerfect X5 or X6 with Windows 7. The problem is none of the recent versions of WordPerfect Office come with Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). According to the manuals and help files I've read, you should be able to install VBA separately. Here's an excerpt from the WP-VB manual:If VBA 6.3 is installed on your computer, you can access the VBA Editor from within WordPerfect, Quattro Pro, and Presentations. VBA 6.3 is not included with WordPerfect Office X6. To use VBA macros, you must separately install VBA 6.3.
​VBA 6.3 isn't a standalone application. I have to install another software that bundles it. Okay, MS Office 2003 comes with VBA 6.3. I install it, and test it. The VB editor launches every time from within Excel. Checked the About Box, yep, it's version 6.3.

Back to WordPerfect, the issue persists. It can't use the VB editor. I go to Tools >> Visual Basic and all of the options are grayed out. Other people on the WordPerfect forums (namely WPUniverse and OfficeCommunity) have had similar issues, but it doesn't appear to be a top priority issue as it didn't appear in the forum frequently, and nobody had any real solutions other than to write in another language, like PerfectScript. We are unable to use PerfectScript because it lacks some of the functi... Read more

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I've got a Lexmark M410. Recently upgraded computer to Win2000 using disk format and reinstalling everything. Shortly after, but not coincident with, the installation, both word processing programs ceased to print envelopes correctly. Word just doesn't send the comand to the printer and WordPerfect command will pull a sheet of paper from the tray and print the address on that, instead of pulling an envelope from the manual tray as was done before and a few weeks after installing Win2000. The printer diagnostics are fine. I've reviewed the printer settings with Lexmark. They're correct. Yes, I've reinstalled the printer drivers -- several times.

I suspect a missing or damaged file in Windows but I don't know how to find and repair.

All suggestions welcome. Thanks.

Answer:Office 2003 & WordPerfect envelope printing

Sorry, Determined. I've seen so many problems with using Word's envelope tool, I make a workaround. Go to the link and click on Envelope & Label tricks:

Try my envelope template workaround.

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Who uses "Open Office"?

I see that you can type a document in Open Office and open it in Word -- Can you open Word .doc in Open Office?

Can you take a document from Open Office and create a .pdf file?

I did a search on this forum and found this - someone had a question about their MS license. That's what I'm working on for buying new licenses at work on new pcs.

Halo's comment:

But you can or could install For Windows 2.1.0 while its not MS Office, it has the majority if not all the functionality of MS Office and will save and open files from Office fine.... the best part is its FREE.Click to expand...


Answer:Using Open Office instead of Microsoft Office Word

pegg said:

Who uses "Open Office"?Click to expand...

I have... haven't recently as the release I tried was buggy as heck. Newer releases are much better from what I've heard, but I can't confirm.

pegg said:

I see that you can type a document in Open Office and open it in Word -- Can you open Word .doc in Open Office?Click to expand...

Yes, you can, IIRC. This is what attracted me to it in the first place!

pegg said:

Can you take a document from Open Office and create a .pdf file?Click to expand...

Yes, if the application doesn't do it natively, PDF creation apps that we were discussing earlier (PDF Creator comes to mind) should allow you to create the PDFs... not sure about some that were mentioned, but this app installs a printer that you can use from any application to "print" into a PDF file.

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Word Perfect expired a while ago and I cant find a serial so either I can go with XP Office, which will cost me money or Open Office. Which is better and why.Moderator Edit: Moved topic to more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Answer:Xp Office Vs Word Perfect 12 Vs Open Office

here is a free program that turns up your licences:belarc advisor

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Office XP tries to Install when I start WORD/EXCEL in Office 2007.

I upgraded from Office XP Pro to Office 2007 Standard. Whenever I start WORD, EXCEL or POWERPOINT, Office XP is looking for PRORET.MSI to try to install. If I close it, Office 2007 apps open normally. This happens every time I open any of the three apps mentioned if a copy is not already open. BTW, this does not happen when I open OUTLOOK 2007.

Can anyone tell me how to stop this irritating occurrence? Thanks!!


Answer:MS Office XP trying to launch when I open Office 2007


Assuming you had Office XP installed at some point. You need to be sure it was uninstalled properly. Try OrkTools , it comes with an unistall wizard, if you can't uninstall from Programs and Features in Control Panel.

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:wave If I have, and LOVE Open Office :drool, but run in to the occasional file that I can't open with it, not the new .xdoc or anything, but for instance, a friend of mine sent me a .doc that I couldn't open with OOrg, can they coexist on a machine? Can I still use OOrg for everything, and MSO for things that get emailed to me?

I am guessing I can, and this new CD is licensed for 3 machines, so I might use it on mine, if it's not going to mess up OOrg..

Thanks guys!

Both windows XP Machines.. my signature refers to a machine I have at home. lol

Answer:Open Office & Microsoft Office (2007)

Yes, you can run OOorg and MS Office on the same PC. You may run into occasional problems when the PC can't decide which program to use to open a certain document, but this is easily solved by right clicking on the document, and selecting Open With and then selecting the program you want to open it with.

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Hi all
Any Open Office / Libre Office users --- I'd like to know the current "State of Play" regarding compatability with MS Office.


Answer:Libre Office Vs Open Office for compatability

Hi Jimbo!

This article might interest you:
Open office dilemma: vs. LibreOffice | Applications - InfoWorld

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Installed on my PC I have an old copy of Microsoft Office 2000. I use Word for my documents and made a spreadsheet on Excel for a game I play, other than that I have I have no knowledge of using the other features of this suite such as Access, Outlook or Powerpoint.

While downloading the latest Java update I noticed an ad for a freeware program called and after Googling it found that as far as I can see it is the same sort of thing as the Office 2000 suite only newer and probably more modern.

My question is, would the Open program be better than my outdated Office 2000 Suite and would I still be able to read my word documents etc using this program or would I have to keep Office 2000 as well.

Thanks in advance for any help/advice offered.

Answer:Open V Microsoft Office Question?.

Hello bluesjunior,Yes, you will be able to open your word documents with OpenOffice. I use OpenOffice myself. You may wish to read through the following thread. While the initial post doesn't mention OpenOffice, the rest of the thread is entirely about OpenOffice. The thread also contains a link to the Open Office site.Orange Blossom

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These programs seems to be practically identical except that Open Office is free, but Star office is normally about £50. Whilst that is not a lot for a comprehensive Office Suite, it is a lot just for an installation CD. If I am looking for updates, patches do I go to Star Office Support click here or Open click hereI understand that the new Open Office beta has a macro-recording function that might be useful to me. If I scrap Star Office and install Open Office again, what will I be losing if anything?

Answer:Star Office / Open Office - What's the Difference?

Up to you, Open office is open coding so anyone can edit the software.But there is minor diffrances.

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Having only 220 mb remaining on my 1 gig hd, I utilised the "minimal" installation of Open (AKA Star) Office from a cover disk. The installation went fine and the program seems to work very well. What i'm keen to explore is its compatability. Is there somewhere perhaps on the web where i can find word documents that I can try to open.Thanks, Dag

Answer:Open (Star) office/MS office compatability

Not sure as to the standard of your star office but there was recently a trial run by PCA on the latest version. Although there is some loss of formatting here and there, generally the compatibility between SO and MS Office is pretty good. Bear in mind that although SO will open MS files, anything saved in SO format will not open in Office, you have to 'save as' the office format.Unless your various files are critical in their content being identical in all aspects, SO is a very good alternative.Craig

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I can't seem to be able to convert back to 2003 MS Office. I switched the default to OpenOffice 3.2 to give it a try, but I want to switch back until I can play with OpenOffice a little.
I went to, Default Programs-Set your Default Programs, but the only MS program that is listed there is MS Outlook. It's not showing Word or Excel. I definitely didn't want to try clicking on Outlook hoping that word or excel are within this same heading. I don't use Outlook and I didn't want to mess up my email program.

MS 2003 office, Win 7

Answer:Setting MS Office as default instead of Open Office

Have you tried using the Default Programs feature, which is listed on the Windows 7 START menu?

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I've never had much problem putting Office Libre or Open Office on a computer.
A neighbor needed help with an HP Printer.
OK, found the software downloaded and installed.
(this is a Walmart HP Computer, cheap and slow, Windows 10)
He wanted to manipulate documents and print.
I believe he needs a basic word processor.
Attempted to download install both without success.
Anyone know this problem? Have a solution?

Answer:Downloading Office Libre or Open Office W10

It would be super useful if you explained the error instead of just claiming it was "without success"

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I don't use text documents that often but did download Open Office and I like it. But I shouldn't need both OOo and Windows, should I? I have Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit and it came with Windows Office Powerpoint Viewer 2007. Can I just uninstall that program?

I LIKE being able to uninstall Windows stuff because--as I understand--they tend to take up a lot of space. But OOo is 374 MB and Windows is only 133 MB. The "Viewer" looks like it may be an introductory abridged version of the real thing and I suspect I don't need it. I think it's what it is--only a viewer--as I see nowhere I can compose a doc.

Can I dump it?

Thanks, as always for your generous help.

Answer:Can Open Office let me remove Windows Office?

Powerpoint Viewer is independent of MS Office. It was designed for people, who don't have Office, but wanted to open Power Point presentations.
It's up to you. You can keep it just for that purpose, or use OO to open pps files.

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Open Office not responding normally.. It said it crashed said it would repair document but went round and round and round some more, never repairing the document. An email with a Microsoft Word document could not be opened.

Answer:Open Office not responding - delete Open Office? How?

Well you'd uninstall it. I don't think the process is any different than uninstalling other software but you can take a look at this:'t click on any of the links there.) Then you can attempt a reinstall. Make sure the version you're installing is compatible with windows 8.

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On my computer I have Student Home and Office from Microsoft, and a week ago I download Open Office to see what it was all about as I had been recommending it to other people who didn't want to fork over "the big bucks" for Microsoft Office.  The problem I am having is that if I open a .docx file or an .xl file from My Computer, the file will open in Open Office and not in Microsoft.  If I open the files directly from Word or Excel, no problem.  How do I keep Open Office from assuming I want to open a Word or Excel file in Open Office?  Thank you

Answer:Open Office & Microsoft Office

What you want is called:change file association in Windows 7Here is one of many links: above should be all you need.

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Hi All,

I have Office 2007 installed in my PC...plan to install another office software which one shall i go for Open or Office 2007.

Which is better between this 2?Can open office such as Ms Word file can open all existing Word document for MS word 2003,2007 and 2010?

Answer:Open Office VS Office 2007

In order to answer that question we would need to know what you define as "better". For instance, if your main consideration is price then OpenOffice is better since it is free to download. However, if you need the ability to create and run VBA macros, then Office 2007 is better since OpenOffice doesn't support VBA.

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Does anyone know if Open Office is compatible with Office 2007 file, or if they are building compatability?

I've check on the Open Office website, but can't find squat.


Answer:Open Office and Office 2007

In short, yes.

Google this: "office 2007" ""

and it's the fourth option, a PDF.

Or go here:,128079-c,officesuites/article.html

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Hey guys,
Uhh...Quick Question. I had a portable version of MS Word on my computer I don't have it any more due to a HD crash.( I do not have access to an actual disk--So I can't install it.) I have .doc files still on my computer of info I need. When I go to open one in Notepad it's encrypted. :cry Is there a way to keep them as a .doc file and open them "normally" in Open office or Libre Office?
Any Suggestions would be great.

Answer:Notepad/ Office/Open office

Notepad will not open .doc files, regardless of whether they are encrypted. If your OS is Windows 7, you can open .doc files with WordPad, although some content might be mssing or displayed improperly. Otherwise, OpenOffice would do the trick; it will open .doc files and can save in that format. I have not used Libre Office but I'd bet the same is true for it.

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I have some paper work files for work that are very important and for some reason the text boxes aren't showing.

I did the work on two separate computers with win7 and MS office.(at work) Im currently trying Open Office(at home) on both my win8 desktop and my old Vista laptop. The files open but only the template info remains. None of the text boxes are showing. I have tried to re save in every different option OO gives me. (currently they are .docx) I have also looked through tool bar options with no luck.

There are 25 files in one folder. 11 or 12 were done on the first computer this morning. I used one of those files as a template for the rest I did on the second computer tonight. Im home now and only the files in that folder are not working. Everything else i tried on the thumb drive is fine.
I have done this thousands of times with no problems.

*Disclaimer* I did remove the drive without "safely removing" when I left for the night.

Im hoping like hell that its just some problem with OO and it will be fine at work tomorrow. But this is a potential headache for a client and certainly a loss of some loot. So if it doesnt work im hoping someone might have some clue as to what is going on.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Problem with Office/Open Office.


I did remove the drive without "safely removing" when I left for the night.

That'll definitely lead to corrupt files, which sounds like what has happened
I know of an issue with the Dell/Lexmark printers and open office not getting along. You can try updating to a newer version called Libre Office. Libre Office came about because the programmers that originally wrote Open Office left after a dispute with Oracle (Oracle bought Open Office at that time) and they left and started Libre Office as an Open Office replacement. I honestly think it's even better that Open Office.
You can get it here:
LibreOffice 4.1 is here!

Btw: after a quick look I see that Oracle has given up on Open Office and has handed it over to Apache:
Oracle gives OpenOffice to Apache | ZDNet

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Hi guysI am now using Open Office, but want to switch to Microsoft office. Will my files change automatically or I'm gonna have to change them myself? Many people told me that the two programs were compatible, so i am not supposed to have any problems.Thanks

Answer:Open Office to microsoft Office

You should'nt have any issues with your existing Oo files...

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I was curious as to which one of the above Office programs was the most user friendly?  I've been using Open Office off and on and find it difficult to find commands to use that are fairly easy to find in Microsoft Office.  For example:  pasting with unformatted text.  Still haven't found a way to copy text from the internet and then paste it to an Open Office document in a plain text like Arial Narrow.  Is Libre Office easier to navigate than Open Office?  Thanks

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Just took possession of a new/used laptop w/XP Pro sp2 and the OpenOffice

Transferred some Excel files onto it from my desktop and the OpenOffice
equivalent worked fine to open and modify those Excel files.

When I tried moving them back to the desktop, the MS Office files would not read the OpenOffice Excel equivalent.

AFAIK, both the MS Office and OpenOffice versions are the latest.

Any info on this? Would be nice if they'd work "both ways"


Answer:Open Office compatibility with MS Office ?

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats

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Answer:Open Office vs Libre Office? might be of help. I use both. Nothing to me stands out as one better than the other, but maybe others who use it for more than just word documents and spreadsheets can add their input on it.On older computers I use Open Office 3.3 for offline use so no security risks with running out of date version 3.3 from 6 years ago. However computers that get online should always have their Open Office or LibreOffice kept up to date to patch for issues and keep on the latest and greatest.

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I'm most familiar with, and most like 'MS Office' - but there's no way I can afford Word, Excel, Access et al (even if I thought it was value for money).My PC shipped with 'MS Works' (oem) but I took an instant dislike to this "suite".So, I was about to download the highly-reputed freeware 'Open Office 2' when I noticed I could get a copy of 'Sun Star Office 7' for a measly £5...I understand that 'Sun Office' is an enhanced commercial release of 'Open Office' featuring third-party extras (such as spell-checkers and fonts), and therefore:'Sun Office 7' is better than 'Open Office 1.2',and 'Sun Office 8' is better than 'Open Office 2'...if you don't mind paying the extra £50.Well, for £5 I can get 'Star Office 7' - seems pretty much to be a bargain - but is it better than 'Open Office 2'?

Answer:Star Office 7 or Open Office 2?

Star 7 is based on Open 1.1, it's a good suite, but perhaps not on a par with OpenOffice 2, which does have a spell checker and plenty of fonts. Neither have a grammar checker though. Star as is comes with a better selection of templates, but this is easily remedied at the OpenOffice site click here I've got Star 7 on my main PC and OpenOffice on a backup, I mainly use Star as it's what I'm used to, but users of Microsoft Office will find the OpenOffice interface rather more familiar than Star.If you're looking to use a database then there's no contest, OpenOffice isn't as easy as Access, but it's light years ahead of the Adabas module that comes with hereclick hereclick here

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