Help with upgrading from Office 2000 to Office 2013
Hello everybody. I'm a retired engineer. I volunteer to write database programs for various public charities and I've gotten into a complicated mess with office.
Last week the system disk on a 10-year-old XP box refused to boot. I have been running Outlook 2000 on that machine and I have PST files dating back to about 1990. Fortunately, being an old conservative mainframer, my data files were all on drives D: and E: and I have read them using my new Windows 7 box.
I then tried to install my old Outlook 2000 on the new Windows 7 box, but it would not run reliably.
I tried installing Thunderbird and importing my old PST files, but Thunderbird requires Outlook to be available to extract the data from the PST files and Outlook won't run.
Since I'm doing this for public charities I was able to get a donation of office 2013 (at a cost of only $32). I installed it on the new Windows 7 box.
Now I can't figure out how to point Outlook to my old PST files. Heck, I can't figure out how to make Outlook do anything, the menus are gone!
If I manage to get Outlook to open my old PST files, will it convert them from ANSI to Unicode? The old files had a maximum size of 2 GB so I had many archived files. Can I now import the archives into one main PST file? Is there a size limit on the new main PST file? How do I get Outlook 2013 to point to a PST file on drive D:?
Word 2000 was never reliable when formatting newsletters containing photos. I used WordPerfect instead. Will Word 2013 maintain formats in columnar newsletters, or should I plan on continuing with WordPerfect?
And, finally, is it worth my time and effort to try to learn how the ribbon works, or should I switch to using Thunderbird and OpenOffice? Will I be able to get Outlook 2013 to export all the PST files to a format Thunderbird can use?
Wappingers Falls, NY
OK, It's installed and running. But it won't export.
I got 2013 installed and it runs. I had to completely remove 2000 before it would install. I got it to import my current Outlook 2000 PST file. I don't know if it converted itbut it increased its size from 600 MB to 680 MB, and it took 45 min.. I still have the other five archived PST files to import.
I absolutely hate the interface. I'm using a 27 inch monitor, the text is gigantic, I can't find a way to make it small, it only displays a few lines of the message in what used to be the preview pane, and uses a fully an inch of space vertically to display the heading of the message in what used to be the message pane, and I can't make the folder pane less than about 4 inches wide.
I'm an old retired engineer trying to support a few charitable organizations. I don't feel like spending a lot of time trying to learn this new interface and I would like to switch to something other than Outlook, but I can't decide what to use. Mozilla has apparently abandoned Thunderbird. Novell seems to be trying to convert Eudora into Thunderbird but they'll probably do that about as well as they preserved NetWare.IBM notes is overkill and uses a proprietary data format. What client can I switch to?
Last March Microsoft released the structure standard the PST file. I read it! It's impossibly contorted. In June they released an SDK for the PST file. I have a C in the C++ compiler, but I don't really feel like right trying to write my own client. That would probably be almost as much work as learning to use the new interface.
By the Way, Outlook 2013 doesn't want to export the PST data to a CSV file. I selected file, open and export, import/export, export to a file,, separated values. It then asked you to select the folder to export from, but it won't let me select a folder! So my data is still trapped in the PST file. Help!
I also tried starting up Word and Excel and found an even bigger change in the interface. I guess I'll wind up using WordPerfect, which I prefer for stable formatting anyway, and maybe open office chart and abandoned office entirely. Or I could trash office 2013 installation and reinstall my old reliable office 2000 Word and Excel. What do you guys think.