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Tech Tip #81: I Have Office 2010; Everyone Else Has 2003–They Can’t Read My Stuff

Posted by on April 14, 2014

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each week, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy!

Q: My school updated to Office 2010 and many parents are still on 2003. What can I do so they can read my stuff?

A: When you save the doc, go to File-save as, and select file type 97-2003

Now, anyone with MS Office 2003 can read your document.

Questions you want answered? Email me at and I’ll answer it within the next thirty days.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, a columnist for, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer.

2 Responses to Tech Tip #81: I Have Office 2010; Everyone Else Has 2003–They Can’t Read My Stuff

  1. Shelley Hovey

    I also regularly e-mail and post documents as PDF so that all platforms can use/download the file.

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