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Up to speed with PowerPoint 2007

Message prompting you do download the converter

This message prompts you to download a converter that will enable you to open a PowerPoint 2007 file in older PowerPoint versions.

You've just saved a presentation in the new format. But your colleague, who needs to work on it, is using an earlier version of PowerPoint. Can she open the PowerPoint 2007 file?

Yes. Say your colleague is working in PowerPoint 2000. When she clicks the presentation to open it, if her Office 2000 installation includes the latest service packs and updates, she will be asked if she wants to download a converter that will let her open your presentation.

The presentation she sees may not look exactly like the one you created if it contains features from PowerPoint 2007 that she doesn't have. But she can open, edit, and save it in the format for PowerPoint 2007.


  • The official name of the converter is the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for 2007 Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats , and it's offered free by Microsoft.
  • The Compatibility Pack for the 2007 Office system works only with Office 2003 SP1, Office XP SP3, and Office 2000 SP3. It works only on the following operating systems: Windows Server 2003, Windows XP SP1, and Windows 2000 SP4.

For more details, see the Quick Reference Card at the end of this course.

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