Excel 2000 cannot open .ods file

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Microsoft Excel 2000
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I have a client using Excel 2000, and he is unable to open an Open Office Spreadsheet in his email attachments. I have set the file association, and tested the actual file to make sure there is no corruption. No matter what, this file will not open on his computer - a message comes up saying that the format is wwrong or the file is corrupt. As his version of Excel is an older one, I am wodering if he needs some conversion file downloaded, or a setting changed in the actual Excel he is using, any thoughts/suggestions welcome!

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OpenOffice can open Excel files, but AFAIK, Excel cannot open OO files.

Have you done that before?

We have some OO users, and what they do to avoid these problems is saving their files in MS Office format (.xls, .doc, etc).

Apparently, there is an office Add-in you can download, but I have never tried it and I cannot recommend it.

Here’s the link in case you want to give it a try: OpenXML/ODF Translator Add-in for Office.

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  • Ledlincoln
    Excel 2007 can open .ods files. AFAIK, this capability is built in, with no add-in required. I know, that doesn't help you with Excel 2000.
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  • AndreaF
    Thank you Carlos. I have used Excel to open Open Office documents previously, but I must have had the add-ons loaded back then. I don't have it on my current computer, and I found it such a pain to try and track down what all bits I needed (Net Framework updates, Office Compatibility Pack, etc) that I simply installed open Office. Thank you for the link though - I may go ahead and track that down for future reference.
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  • BobBeechey
    Would it not be both simpler and more reliable to install OO? Any open office format can then be loade and, if desired, converted to MS format by OO. In these days of broadband and large amounts of disk space, having OO alongside Office is no big deal.
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  • AndreaF
    Hi Bob - Guess you missed that part of my post. I did indeed find it easier to simply install Open Office as well....but thanks for all replies1
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