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Opening Office 2007 documents on a Mac

Microsoft Office X

Microsoft Office X for Mac can open Office 2007 (including docx) files by installing a converter and the latest Office for Mac Updates:

  1. Download and install Microsoft's Converter: OpenXMLConverter102.dmg (click here)
  2. Download and install Microsoft's latest update: Office 10.1.9 Update (click here)
  3. After installing both the converter and the latest update, restart your computer. You can now double-click on Office 2007 file and it will open in the appropriate program without any problems.

Microsoft Office 2004

Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac can open Office 2007 (including docx) files by installing a converter and the latest Office for Mac Updates:

  1. Download and install Microsoft's Converter: OpenXMLConverter102.dmg (click here)
  2. Download and install Microsoft's latest update: Office 11.5.0 Update (click here)
  3. After installing both the converter and the latest update, restart your computer. You can now double-click on any Office 2007 file and it will open in the appropriate program without any problems.

Microsoft Office 2008

Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac can open Office 2007 (including docx) fileswithout problems. The Helpdesk can install Office 2008 by request only.

How do I find out what version of Office I have?

  1. Open Microsoft Word
  2. Click on the menu titled "Word" (located in the top left corner, next to the Apple Logo)
  3. Click on "About Word". In the window that appears you will see the text "Microsoft Word..." followed by the version ("X" or "2004" or "2008")

What are Office 2007 files?

Office 2007 introduced a new file format that earlier versions of Microsoft Office cannot open, unless certain converters and updates are installed. Office 2007 files include docx, docm, xlsx, xlsm, pptx, and pptm files.

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