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Office Open XML I: Exploring the Office Open XML Formats

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By Stephanie Krieger, Document Production Expert The new Office Open XML Formats provide a wide range of functionality in the 2007 Office system programs and can help you reduce file size, improve document security, and troubleshoot problem documents far more easily than ever before. In this course, the first in a series of three, learn the basics of working with these new file formats and get an introduction to the XML structure behind your documents.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Two self-paced lessons and one practice session for hands-on experience. The practice requires Word 2007.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Select the best Office Open XML Format for each of your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint projects.
  • Explore and understand the XML components of an Office Open XML Format document.

If you're already familiar with the basics of the new Office Open XML Formats and understand the components of an Office Open XML ZIP package, see the course "Open XML II: Editing Documents in the XML."

About the author

Stephanie Krieger is a Microsoft Office System MVP and professional document consultant. She also is the author of two books, Advanced Microsoft Office Documents 2007 Edition Inside Out and Microsoft Office Document Designer. Stephanie publishes a blog — where you can ask questions and find many Microsoft Office tips.

You know that the new 2007 Office system file formats are based on XML, but what does that really mean? In this course, learn about the file formats available for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, including how to determine which format you need. Then take a detailed look inside an Office Open XML Format file to learn the basics of how the new file formats are structured.

Although it is not necessary for any Microsoft Office user to work in the XML in order to work effectively with the 2007 Office system programs, this course will help you begin to understand the XML behind your 2007 Office system documents. Previous XML or other programming experience is not required. However, this course is for Microsoft Office users who are interested in working directly with the XML file structure.

To learn more about this course, read the text in Goals and About this course, or look at the table of contents. Then click Next to start the first lesson.

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