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Using Office 2010 Formats with Earlier Office Versions
You need to separately specify your choice in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
In some countries, the first time you run an Office 2010 program it asks you to choose
between two default formats: Office Open XML or OpenDocument (ODF). (OpenDocu-
ment formats were developed for the office suite. Selecting ODF as
your default format provides compatibility with other programs, but it doesn’t support
all features of Office 2010.) Your choice in this dialog box sets the default for all three
programs: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Using Office 2010 Formats with Earlier Office Versions
Microsoft offers a free compatibility pack for earlier versions of Office that enables users
of those versions to read, modify, and save Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents in
the Office Open XML format—the default format used by Office 2010. If you regularly
exchange documents with someone who hasn’t upgraded to Office 2010 (or Office 2007,
which also supports Office Open XML formats natively), the compatibility pack provides an
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