From 5pm Thursday 13th January Information Services will no longer enforce the Microsoft Office 97-2003 document formats as the default. It is not necessary to continue to retain the old document format for compatibility as staff and student have access to Office 2007 as a minimum. This will mean that the default formats for the three main applications in Office 2007 will change as follows:
- Word will now save by default as â€˜Word Document’ (.docx), formerly (.doc).
- Excel will now save by default as â€˜Excel Workbook’ (.xlsx), formerly (.xls)
- PowerPoint will now save by default as â€˜PowerPoint Presentation’ (.pptx), formerly (.ppt).
The change will result in the removal of messages similar to the one below, which appear on occasion when you save an existing docx/xlsx/pptx document, as each application will no longer save to the previous formats by default.
All identified MS Access databases were converted to the current format when the university migrated to MS Office 2007.Â Â
You can, at your own discretion, save your documents as any of the available formats by selecting from the Save as type drop down list in each application.
The default document formats above are unchanged in the current version of MS Office, and further information on the availability of this version (Office 2010) will be circulated as we conclude our evaluation of the product.
Head of IT Client Systems