Windows 10: Default Excel 2003 to open all files over 2007

Discus and support Default Excel 2003 to open all files over 2007 in Microsoft Office and 365 to solve the problem; Hey guys, First time posting here. I have Microsoft Office 2003 & 2007 installed on my laptop and using windows 10. Laptop came with 2007 but 99%... Discussion in 'Microsoft Office and 365' started by nitro2481, Jun 11, 2016.

  1. nitro2481 Win User

    Default Excel 2003 to open all files over 2007


    Hey guys,
    First time posting here.

    I have Microsoft Office 2003 & 2007 installed on my laptop and using windows 10. Laptop came with 2007 but 99% of my excel use is for work and they use 2003. So rather than downgrade (seemed silly) I installed 2003 also. Everytime I open an excel file either .xls or .xlsx it opens in 2007. Does anyone know if it is possible to set 2003 as the default program for all these files. I have done the basics like settings, default programs, but when I go to file type and find .xls & .xlsx the only programs I can set for these are Microsoft Office Excel. It does not let me choose between versions.

    At the moment I have to open 2003 and then the file. Not a huge problem but if possible would like to make 2003 the default.

    :)
     
    nitro2481, Jun 11, 2016
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  2. Mike H.. Win User

    File association incorrect

    Hi,

    I'm not sure if this is a Windows 10 issue or Excel but I'm not bad with Excel so don't think that's the issue. I have many version of Excel on my PC and by default it is set to open Excel files with Excel 2013. However, it doesn't do that, it opens all
    Excel files in Excel 2003. Even if I open a .xlsm file it converts it and opens in Excel 2003. I have re-done the file association using 'right-click' and 'Open with' and Windows clearly shows the file is associated with E2013 but it still uses 2003. Any ideas?
     
    Mike H.., Jun 11, 2016
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  3. wtherrell Win User
    Trouble with Excel Mobile files

    Office 2003
     
    wtherrell, Jun 11, 2016
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  4. davidhk Win User

    Default Excel 2003 to open all files over 2007

    I don't have an answer for you.
    Just to remind you that Excel 2003 can NOT open xlsx files, unless you install the compatibility pack.
    Only 2007 and high versions are able to open xlsx by default.

    Why don't you just use the 2007.
    When you are ready to save the work > Office button > Save As > at Save as type, click the pointer and select Excel 97-2003 Workbook (.xls) > Save.
    That way all your office excel 2003 computers will be able to open and edit it.


    Default Excel 2003 to open all files over 2007 [​IMG]
     
    davidhk, Jun 11, 2016
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  5. flybynite Win User
    You don't need Excel 2003. Excel 2007 is capable of doing anything 2003 can, and you can always save in compatibility for 2003. You can even do this with the newest 2016.
     
    flybynite, Jun 11, 2016
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  6. nitro2481 Win User
    Main problem with that is just taking conditional formatting as an example. 2003 only allows 3. Where 2007 allows more. If I was to spend a few hours setting up a spreadsheet on 2007 to find out when I save it that some of the functions would not work on 2003 it would have been a waste of time. Yes I'm aware of conditional formatting now so therefore won't make that error but I'm sure there's a lot I could do on 2007 that would not be compatible with 2003 in work.
     
    nitro2481, Jun 11, 2016
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  7. davidhk Win User
    ............. Laptop came with 2007 ........................
    Is the 2007 product key also included ?
     
    davidhk, Jun 11, 2016
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  8. nitro2481 Win User

    Default Excel 2003 to open all files over 2007

    No it wasn't brand new. Is there a way of maybe untinstalling 2007 just keeping the the .exe file so I can install it when ever I want. Not a huge techie. Probably a silly question.
     
    nitro2481, Jun 11, 2016
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  9. davidhk Win User
    That was why I asked if you have the 2007 product key.
    I was think of uninstalling it and save the product key for later use.

    Apparently that plan of mine goes out in smoke.

    I don't think I can help you any further.
    Sorry.
     
    davidhk, Jun 11, 2016
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  10. nitro2481 Win User
    Not to worry. Obviously cannot be done so. Thanks for your time.
     
    nitro2481, Apr 5, 2018
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