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    Word 2003 (Using XP Professional SP2)

    It has just become obvious to me that I am using Word 2000 & would like to know if it is possible to download the 2003 upgrade free from the Microsoft web site, or am I living in Cuckoo land expecting something for nothing in this rip off generation? S Fox
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    Re: Word 2003 (Using XP Professional SP2)

    The upgrade from Office 2000 to Office 2003 is not free - you have to pay for each new version.

    For most purposes, Word 2000 is still a perfectly adequate word processing application. Unless you have a specific need for some of the new features in Word 2003, I'd stick with the version you have.

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    Re: Word 2003 (Using XP Professional SP2)

    Thanks HanzV I half suspected that was the case, (pay up or do without - typical Microsoft fleecing the public as usual-,) what prompted me to ask the question in the first place arose from the fact that someone mentioned in a thread on another forum that Ctrl + F1 opens a "Task Pane" but mine does not so I scrutinizing the list in Tools | Customize | Keyboard | All Commands | Commands, & discovered that there is no such option. On further investigation I discovered that I am running Word 2000 which apparently does not have task panes. That's why I wondered if upgrading to 2003 would be of any great benefit but from what your say I will stick with 2000 as the benefits seem minimal. Thanks again. S Fox
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    Re: Word 2003 (Using XP Professional SP2)

    Task Panes were introduced in Word 2002, but they are not an essential feature - certainly not important enough to justify an upgrade.

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    Re: Word 2003 (Using XP Professional SP2)

    I must agree HanzV until I came across the thread that mentioned Ctrl + F1 opened task panes including the Clipboard, I was more than satisfied with what Word 2000 offered. All I have to do is master all it's capabilities which I suspect is an ongoing challenge but I'm certain it has many features like "Track Changes" & "Creating Macros" which I have little use for seeing the "Auto Correct", "Auto Text" & "Customizes Keyboard" are proving adequate for my present needs as I seek to make the mouse redundant. Regards S Fox
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