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Up to speed with the 2007 Office system

Conceptual view of the benefits of the new file formats: increased security, reduced file corruption, and smaller file size

Benefits of the new file formats.

In Word 2007, Excel 2007, and PowerPoint 2007, there are new file formats. Why? There are a lot of reasons! For example, increased security for your files; reduced chance of file corruption; reduced file size; and new features.

If the technical details interest you, the new file formats are based on XML (Extensible Markup Language) and embrace the Office Open XML Formats.

A bit more about the new format in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • For documents, workbooks, and presentations, the default file format now has an "x" on the end, representing the XML format. For example, in Word, a document is now saved by default with the extension .docx, rather than .doc.
  • If you save a file as a template, the same applies: You get the template extension of old, with an "x" on the end; for example, .dotx in Word.
  • If your file contains code or macros, you have to save it using the new macro-enabled file format. For a Word document, that translates into .docm; for a Word template, it's .dotm.

Note     There's a new file format in Access, which has some different characteristics. We'll talk about those later in the course.

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