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How do I get programs to open in my original version of Excel?


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mreuter

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I have Vista with Office, sometime in the past couple of weeks my version of Excel has changed, when I open my existing programs, it opens with Office and School 2007 which has a lot of toolbars and crap I don't need, I am a simple person. If I pull up programs, click on Excel and then select "choose an existing workbook" and select the form I want to work on, it will open in the old format like I want it. I jump between a lot of different folders and this really becomes a hassle, how can I get it to open with the old format by just clicking on the folder? I can't find any update that caused this to happen, so I don't know if there is something I can uninstall to fix this.
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Do you have Office 2003 installed, or is it just Student and Teacher Edition? You should be able to tell if you click the MS Orb in the bottom left corner (Previously the start button), navigate to Applications, then Microsoft Office. It should list which version of office you have.

If you don't have Office 03 installed, you'll probably have to use 07 and just filter out some of the toolbars you don't use. It's not too bad, just click View > Toolbars and deselect ones that you don't use. It might take some work to find the ones you use on a day to day basis, but probably worth it in the end.

General rule of thumb on things like this. It's normally easier to pick up the newer software in stride instead of trying to cling to what you're used to. There are a lot of people who aren't too tech savvy or aren't exactly keen on learning a brand new way to do everything. But the truth about it, is that it's likely that the newer product is legitimately better in a number of ways. Oddly enough, Office 07 is twice as user friendly as 03 once you get the hang of it. If you ever need help finding any features at all or just need someone to rant to, feel free to toss me a PM.

I used to be a GeekSquad agent with Bestbuy. You're not the only person to pick up something new in disgust and wonder why they changed something that already worked just fine. When Vista and Office 07 rolled out, I spent 50% of my time learning the new software with people just like you. Often trying to find a silly feature or trying to find an easier way to do a routine task at the request of a nonpaying customer. I promise that once you understand the differences between 03 and 07, you'll never use Office2003 again.
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If you ever need help finding any features at all or just need someone to rant to, feel free to toss me a PM.

I used to be a GeekSquad agent with Bestbuy. You're not the only person to pick up something new in disgust and wonder why they changed something that already worked just fine. When Vista and Office 07 rolled out, I spent 50% of my time learning the new software with people just like you. Often trying to find a silly feature or trying to find an easier way to do a routine task at the request of a nonpaying customer. I promise that once you understand the differences between 03 and 07, you'll never use Office2003 again.

Why not just post the question on the forums and everyone can learn from the advice given. :)

BTW. Receiving help via PM is against our Terms of Use "Help is permitted in the forums only. No support is offered, or allowed via Personal Message or email".
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Yes it is 03.
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