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    Windows Vista Home Premium. Need some advice to open attachments.

    As the title says, I am currently trying to open an Excel document, but can't, and can't find suitable file association in computer to open it. No doubt I will also need to do similar for Word docs.

    Can anyone advise if the computer has something within it to do this like my old XP Office Pro used to do, or could I even try to re-install XP Office Pro on new computer ?

    I don't mind having to dl a programme if that's what's necessary, but obviously if I already have something would rather use that.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Im confused, do you actually have Micrsoft Excel installed on your PC?

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    open excel doc, browse for file association, then browse office folders for excel.exe

    You need to actually install office on your new PC......

    Original Poster

    manzi;1631375

    Im confused, do you actually have Micrsoft Excel installed on your PC?



    I don't know. Laptop is 4 days old and I'm trying to ope an Excel document e-mailed to me. Not sure if I have a file already installed in VHP to allow me to open it.

    Original Poster

    csiman;1631381

    open excel doc, browse for file association, then browse office folders … open excel doc, browse for file association, then browse office folders for excel.exe



    Did that. Only find stuff for PPT.

    Original Poster

    306maxi;1631388

    You need to actually install office on your new PC......



    You mean my XP Office Pro disc, or a Vista version ?

    if you just need to view the document, you can download a viewer for free ]here

    Original Poster

    donnydude;1631467

    if you just need to view the document, you can download a viewer for free … if you just need to view the document, you can download a viewer for free ]here



    Thanks ever so much for this. Rep added.

    Original Poster

    dcx_badass;1631489

    You can install the office you're using on XP. Most programs don't have … You can install the office you're using on XP. Most programs don't have special Vista versions.



    I'll try that when I get the disk back from someone else. Thanks.

    u could always try openoffice.org, gave up paying for office apps 8 yrs ago never looked back

    Open Office is a good programme and free if you have no software to open it. Its a free office package.

    maddogb;1633744

    u could always try openoffice.org, gave up paying for office apps 8 yrs … u could always try openoffice.org, gave up paying for office apps 8 yrs ago never looked back



    Thing is Office 2007 is actually very very good.

    theultimatesteal.co.uk/

    If you know someone who goes to university you can get it for less than £40 which is a very good deal. Office 2007 is actually very good and once you get used to the "Ribbon" menu system it's much quicker to use than previous versions of Office. Openoffice is OK for light useage but a lot of people find it a bit unstable and not as user friendly as MS Office.

    But it's free and if you just want to use it the odd time then I guess it's good enough.

    306maxi;1635602

    Thing is Office 2007 is actually very very … Thing is Office 2007 is actually very very good.http://www.theultimatesteal.co.uk/If you know someone who goes to university you can get it for less than £40 which is a very good deal. Office 2007 is actually very good and once you get used to the "Ribbon" menu system it's much quicker to use than previous versions of Office. Openoffice is OK for light useage but a lot of people find it a bit unstable and not as user friendly as MS Office.But it's free and if you just want to use it the odd time then I guess it's good enough.



    That really does make it a sound like a second class option, believe me its not i've done some very advanced stuff with it and use it a hell of a lot, see i dont have a student in the house so would have to pay full retail (how much is that now? bout £400 still with a database etc.
    4yrs ago openoffice could create pdf files can ms office do that yet?

    maddogb;1636976

    That really does make it a sound like a second class option, believe me … That really does make it a sound like a second class option, believe me its not i've done some very advanced stuff with it and use it a hell of a lot, see i dont have a student in the house so would have to pay full retail (how much is that now? bout £400 still with a database etc.4yrs ago openoffice could create pdf files can ms office do that yet?



    There is a reason why it can't create PDF's

    labnol.blogspot.com/200…tml

    Errr you're not buying a database........

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    I would get rid of vista for starters

    Proximo;1637936

    I would get rid of vista for starters



    Vista is fine. Most new PC's can run Vista just fine. It's the same with every new OS release. Ooh I'd get rid of XP, ooh I'd get rid of 98 and so on......

    Proximo;1637936

    I would get rid of vista for starters



    Typical on these boards. Vista sucks!

    Why?

    *silence*

    Was it because someone told you it was? Was it because you used it and it wasn't the same as XP? Get a life and stop misleading people.
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