Download Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
One of the popular downloads from Microsoft’s Office.com website is the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats. This tool enables you to open any version of PowerPoint even if it was created with a newer version of MS Office. We already covered this topic in our old article How to open PowerPoint in earlier versions of MS Office.
It is important to notice that you can also install this compatibility pack if you want to open Excel or Word Documents in a newer version of MS Office. For example, if you have MS Office 2007 installed and someone sent you a file created with MS Office 2010 or MS Office 2013, then you can install this compatibility pack to allow you opening files without installing the new version.
By installing the Compatibility Pack in addition to Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003, you will be able to open, edit, and save files using the file formats in newer versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint . The Compatibility Pack can also be used in conjunction with the Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer 2003, and PowerPoint Viewer 2003 to view files saved in these new formats.
By installing this pack you also will be able to open our free PowerPoint templates and PPT slide designs in older versions of PowerPoint even if it was created in a newer version.
The installer is under the name FileFormatConverters.exe and the file size is 37.0 MB. For users of the Microsoft Office XP, ms???? and 2003 programs Word, Excel, or PowerPoin is recommended to install all High-Priority updates from Microsoft Update before downloading the Compatibility Pack.
Definitely this can help you to open almost any file independently of the version you have installed for PowerPoint, Excel or Word. You can learn more about compatibility packs and troubleshooting MS Office in general here.