Microsoft Office 2007


Microsoft Office 2007 is now available in the Student Computing labs at USAO. Get prepared by understanding the new features, downloading the compatibility pack and getting links to guides, tips and frequently asked questions.

Office 2007 Downloads

Guides & Tips

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What products are included?

Word 2007
Excel 2007
PowerPoint 2007
Access 2007

Publisher 2007

Outlook 2007
InfoPath 2007

New File Formats for Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Microsoft Office 2007 introduces new file formats which are incompatible with previous versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Files created with Office 2007 use the following file extensions by default:

Word - DOCX     Excel - XLSX     PowerPoint - PPTX     Access -ACCDB

If you are sharing files between Office 2007 applications and previous versions, use the following guidelines:


If you're using:   Office 2007
                       Word, Excel, PowerPoint

you'll need to:     Save your files in the 97-2003 format by choosing FileSave As.

You can change the default in each Office 2007 application to always save files in the 97-2003 format.

  1. Within each application, click the round Office icon at the top left of the screen.
  2. Choose the Options button at the bottom right, beside the Exitbutton.
  3. Click Save on the left.
  4. In the Save Documents section, change Save files in this formatto the 97-2003 format in the pull-down menu. Your files will now be saved in Compatibility mode making them compatible with previous versions. 

If you're using:  Office 2003 and earlier

you'll need to:    Install the Office Compatibility Pack

Microsoft Office 2000, 2002, or 2003 users can open, edit, and save Word, Excel and PowerPoint files that are saved in the new Office 2007 file formats. Without the Compatibility Pack, Office 2007 files will cause an error and cannot be opened. 

More about the compatibility pack 

Important Note: Before installing the compatibility pack, Microsoft Office XP and 2003 users must install all High-Priority/Required updates onMicrosoft Update.

It is highly recommended that any computer with Microsoft Office 2007 installed on it, should always be kept as up-to-date as possible with the latest software updates for Microsoft Office; at the very least, the Service Pack 2 update for Office 2007 should be downloaded and installed either automatically through Windows Update or manually from Microsoft's website. Download the 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 1 (SP1) if you have Office 2007 installed on your computer: 


Microsoft Office for Mac


The 2008 version of Microsoft Office for the Mac is available for use on all the Apple Macintosh computers in the Davis Hall Graphic Arts Mac lab as well as all full-time faculty and staff on campus at USAO that use Apple Macintosh computers.

The compatibility pack for Mac users (who have a pre-2008 version of Microsoft Office installed on their computers) can be downloaded from here: /infoservices/application-compatibility-issues#Mac  


The latest Windows version (version 3.2.1) of the free OpenOffice productivity suite can open the new-format Microsoft Office 2007/2008 documents.

FYI, OpenOffice is a legally free software alternative to Microsoft Office. 
You can download OpenOffice for Windows, Mac or Linux versions for FREE from here:

Microsoft Office for sale at the USAO Bookstore

If you are a USAO student, staff, or faculty member, you can buy the academically priced version(s) of Microsoft Office 2007 for Windows or Microsoft Office 2008 for Macintosh from the USAO Bookstore, to use on your home computer. The USAO Bookstore sells:

  • The Standard and Professional versions of Microsoft Office 2007 for Windows.
  • The Home & Student Edition of Microsoft Office 2008 for Macintosh.

All versions are generously discounted but you must show proof of academic qualifications which would include a copy of your current student or faculty/staff ID. Details and prices can be found on the USAO Bookstore's official website:

NOTE: Each copy of the Microsoft Office versions sold by the USAO bookstore comes with three licenses which essentially allows up tothree installations of the program. The three licenses can be used to install Microsoft Office on three separate computers if need be. However, since the USAO bookstore sells the academically priced versions of Microsoft Office , the user cannot use Microsoft Office bought from the USAO bookstore, for commercial use.

Help and Support for Office 2007:

If you are a USAO student, faculty or staff member, please feel free to contact Information Services (Austin Hall, Room 113) for help regarding Microsoft Office 2007. Send any questions or comments to



Disclaimer: This information reflects the installation of Microsoft Office 2007 for Windows deployed at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, as accurately and completely as possible. Future offerings will be updated on this page when available