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    Template Compatibility (97 & XP)

    I use Word 97 at home and I have an extensive library of custom written templates (*.DOT) including a highly modified version of NORMAL.DOT. I use copies of these templates both at home and at work, where I currently also use Word 97. I keep these files in sync so changes in one are reflected at the other location.

    My office wants to convert my machine to Office XP. Are the templates that Word XP uses compatible with those of Word 97? That is, if I modify a template at work and take the modified version home with me to get home/office in sync, will that template then work under Word 97?

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    Re: Template Compatibility (97 & XP)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Phil Rabichow on 03-Sep-03 15:23. including addendum)</P>Hi Ronnie:
    I don't have Word 2002, but I would think it would depend upon what you have in each template. e.g. there may be some macros that work in XP, but won't work in 97. Therefore, if you create a macro in a Word 2002 template, it may not function at home. The complexity of tables has increased with 2000 & 2002. Therefore, if you create a template in Word 2002 that has nested tables or an autotext entry that uses nested tables, you would lose that in Word 97. On the other hand, as long as the features are available in Word 97, there shouldn't be a problem using a custom template developed in Word 2002 in Word 97. Disabling features that don't function in Word 97 will help compatibility (Tools/Options/Save tab), as will setting compatibility options (Tools/Options/Compatibility) to those recommended for Word 97.
    Hope this helps,

    Addendum: I have been quite content with Word 2000 (& 97 before that). I read a recent post by HansV (he has 2002) in which he said that he preferred Word 2000 to Word 2002. I find that each new version fixes some bugs, but creates others AND makes ordinary tasks more difficult (more steps to accomplish the same thing). Then, again, you may not have a choice. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Template Compatibility (97 & XP)

    One additional warning. You can have a problem if you edit a macro in Word 2002 and move it back to Word 2000, even if everything in the Macro is supported in both versions.

    This happens if you have references to an external library such as Excel. When you first open the Macros in Word 2002 it seems to update the references to point to the more recent library, moving the Macros back to word 2000 leaves a missing library reference.

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    Re: Template Compatibility (97 & XP)

    The contents of the templates is fairly generic. My main concern is file format. If you open an Access file in XP and convert the format so you can modify objects, it cannot be opened by 97. Word XP has an option to only save those items that are compatible with earlier versions so I was afraid that it does some sort of file format conversion to the templates that would cause them to be unreadable/unusable by 97.

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    Re: Template Compatibility (97 & XP)

    Each version of Word has an option to save to earlier versions. Word 97 & Word 2000 use the same file format & I believe that Word 2002 uses the same format also. Saving to an earlier version between these merely removes some features (such as nested tables). The templates should not be unreadable, however.

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