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    Use Office 97 and Office 2000 (Office 97 SR-2)

    I have a new PC with WinXP and I've moved my Office apps to it. I use Office 97 almost all the time but I also own Office 2000. I first installed Office 2000 on the new PC and then I installed Office 97 in a folder of its own. I use Access 97 most of the time and that is working fine. I don't use Excel hardly ever so I don't know what is happening there. I would like to have Word 97 be the version that always responds but it doesn't always work that way. Each time Word 2000 gets triggered it displays messages about "installing Word 2000". I've seen messages here about using the Send To menu to initiate the desired version and I can do that for that situation. I just noticed today that the problem is really obvious when my Access app initiates Word. When I did that a little while ago it opened Word 2000.

    How can I get Word 97 to be the primary version, especially when it is opened by Automation from Access?

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    Re: Use Office 97 and Office 2000 (Office 97 SR-2)

    When automating from Access, you probably are creating a high level Word.Application object. I have Word 2000 installed, and when I look at the Class ID for Word.Application in the registry (see below), I see both the CLSID and a version designation. I don't know whether it's safe to manually change these, but I am fairly certain that whatever CLSID is listed under Word.Application is what Access will run.

    Windows Explorer probably ignores this portion of the registry and looks at the file associations. Those can be edited through the File Types dialog.
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    Re: Use Office 97 and Office 2000 (Office 97 SR-2)

    I'm running Win2K, so WinXP may work a little differently, but if you open My Computer and click the Tools menu, you should see Folder Options. There should be a File Types (or reasonable facsimile) tab that lets you see a list of file types and their associated applications. If you click on the button to edit the .doc type, you can change the application used to open it.
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    Re: Use Office 97 and Office 2000 (Office 97 SR-2)

    The problem that you have was raised several times in this Lounge. TWO VERSIONS OF OFFICE CANNOT COEXIST PEACEFULLY ON ONE MACHINE. If you don't use Office 2000, it is better to uninstall it. If you want to keep both and don't want to torture yourself with dual-booting, be prepared for some inconvenience.

    As Charlotte said, you can create another action in file association list, say, "Open with Word97" and make it default (presuming that "open" action points to Word2000) - or vice versa. The same with "print" if you use it, the same for Excel documents, etc., etc...

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    Re: Use Office 97 and Office 2000 (Office 97 SR-2)

    jscher2000,

    Thanks for the suggestion. I looked up that registry key and it was pointing to version 9. I opened Word 97 to try to verify that I want to change to version 8 and when I went back to change it it was set to version 8! I guess that registry entry must be set to which-ever version has been opened last. I can live with that.

    While trying to spell check this text, the spell check script opened the Word 2000 version so it went through the "configuring Word 2000" process. I'll look at the script and see if I can set it to always use Word 97.

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    Re: Use Office 97 and Office 2000 (Office 97 SR-2)

    Charlotte,

    Yes, I had those settings set the way I wanted them at one point but I just looked at them and they were all pointing to the Word 2000 version! I've changed them back. Now, I guess the thing I need to figure out is how to prevent Word 2000 from changing those settings the next time I decide to open Word 2000. Any idea how to do that? Each time Word 2000 is opened it displays some messages about "configuring Word 2000" and I think that is what I want to prevent from happening.

    Note: I've corrected "installing Word 2000" to "configuring Word 2000".

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    Re: Use Office 97 and Office 2000 (Office 97 SR-2)

    The easiest way to deal with this is to create SendTo shortcuts pointing to the individual versions of the Office apps. Then just right click a file and use the SendTo shortcut to send it to the appropriate version. If you need instructions on creating the SendTo shortcuts, look at this post.
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    Re: Use Office 97 and Office 2000 (Office 97 SR-2)

    Charlotte,

    Yes, the SendTo shortcuts will help a lot and the example you pointed to will help -- I would have forgotten to add the %1 parameter. My problem now is that I cannot find any SendTo folder in my WinXP Pro! I've done searches for 'send' and several other things but nothing is found. I've also looked in Windows Explorer in the places where I think it is normally located but haven't seen it. Do you know where I should put the shortcuts for the SendTo menu in WinXP?

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    Re: Use Office 97 and Office 2000 (Office 97 SR-2)

    I don't know for certain, but in Win2k, the SendTo folder is under the username in the Documents and Settings folder. I suspect it's the same in WXP.
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    Re: Use Office 97 and Office 2000 (Office 97 SR-2)

    I thought I had looked there but apparently I hadn't looked under my own name but I think I did look under the All Users folder. There is a SendTo folder under my own name but none under All Users. I'll try using the folder under my name even though I've been trying to keep everything under All Users.

    This brings up a strange puzzle. The Search feature refuses to find this SendTo folder in spite of the fact that I now know that it is there! I believe I have all the windows Explorer settings set to show everything all the time. Do you know of any settings that might be limiting the search feature that I might have overlooked?

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    Re: Use Office 97 and Office 2000 (Office 97 SR-2)

    It's a hidden folder in Win2k (and, I assume, in WinXP) so you have to turn on the Show hidden files and folders option in Tools-->FolderOptions-->View before it will show up.. There is a SendTo folder for DefaultUser, but the AllUsers profile seems to have disappeared from Win2k, at least.
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    Re: Use Office 97 and Office 2000 (Office 97 SR-2)

    Yes, I already had Show hidden files turned on. I just now turned on Show contents of system folders but that didn't help either. So, WinXP is just determined to not let the user find the SendTo folder using the Search mechanism! Search can find other folders and files in the same area! I had overlooked the DefaultUser profile earlier and it does also contain a SendTo folder.

    It is interesting and puzzling that I have a "Spelling" item in my right-click menu when I'm writing messages like this in IE but there is no corresponding item in either of the SendTo folders I've found. The "Spelling" item is supplied by a spell checker I've installed.

    Thanks for helping.

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    Re: Use Office 97 and Office 2000 (Office 97 SR-2)

    Have you tried searching for
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    Re: Use Office 97 and Office 2000 (Office 97 SR-2)

    No, I hadn't tried that but I just did and that didn't help. I also tried starting the search at the Documents and Settings folder and at the DefaultUser folder and it still didn't find SendTo but it did find Desktop and other folder names at the SendTo level! Search also will not find my Outlook Express address book! It is sitting down in my profile but searching for *.wab will not find it!

    Thanks for the suggestion.

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    Re: Use Office 97 and Office 2000 (Office 97 SR-2)

    I think I found the problem. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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