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Windows 7: Word '03 Formatting from XP to Win 7


08 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Word '03 Formatting from XP to Win 7

I just installed a copy of Office 2003 on my new Windows 7 Pro machine in our office. We're transitioning all of our systems from XP to Windows 7.

I'm experiencing a formatting issue with MS Word. When I use my Win 7 machine to open a file that I created on my XP machine, the formatting is very different. The paragraph spacing is 1.5+ and the fonts are called the same thing, but look a bit different.

Help?

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08 Mar 2011   #2
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Word 2003 is compatible with both Win 7 32 & 64-bit.

Windows 7 Compatibility for Microsoft Office Word 2003 version 11: Microsoft. Drivers, Updates, Downloads

Refer to this Tutorial to see if helps with your problem.

Compatibility Mode
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09 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Windows XP and Windows 7 are Operating systems - Word is part of the Office Suite.

As JMH says, both Operating systems are compatible with Office 2003. Which version of Office (Word) is installed on the XP machine?
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09 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Compatibility check is clean.

Both versions are identical - Office 2003

Original 1 page view from XP - ImageShack® - Online Photo and Video Hosting
Original 2 page view from XP - ImageShack® - Online Photo and Video Hosting

Altered view from Windows 7 - ImageShack® - Online Photo and Video Hosting
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09 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Perhaps a couple links to screen caps will help. As you can see, the text is significantly different.
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10 Mar 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

In the following thread (although it refers to Vista), it is saying that it is likely to be a Printer/Printer driver issue:
Vista formatting of 2003 Word vs. XP formatting inconsistencies in Word Application Errors

Quote:
Almost certainly this is caused by the printer/printer driver setup on

Doug Robbins - Word MVP replied on Monday, February 01, 2010 9:29 PM


Almost certainly this is caused by the printer/printer driver setup on the
Vista machine being different from that on the Windows XP machine.
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Hope this helps,

Doug Robbins - Word MVP
I'll keep searching.


EDIT:
Something else I just found - have you applied all of the Office 2003 updates on the new computer? - see here:
Issues that are fixed in Word 2003 by Office 2003 Service Pack 3


Quote:
Some characters that have the Arial Narrow font applied to them are not displayed as expected

When you apply the Arial Narrow font to text, characters that use a comma under the baseline or the Romanian characters "Ss" and "Tt," are not displayed as expected. This problem is fixed in the following font files:
  • Arialn.ttf
  • Arialnb.ttf
  • Arialnbi.ttf
  • Arialni.ttf
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11 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

To test the a potential print driver conflict, I set up a new machine, installed all Windows Updates, installed Office '03 with all updates, mapped a drive to our server, (all this without adding any printers) opened the same file in Word, and still experienced the same problem. I can conclude that the print drivers are not the source of the problem.


2003 SP3 installed on each machine.
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11 Mar 2011   #8

 
 

There's another way to look at this problem. If you are trying to keep your Word docs from your XP system to look the same when you transfer them to your Windows 7 system, here's what you can do:

Open a Word document, click the Windows Orb, go to Word Options, Advanced, scroll down to the very bottom of the screen to "Compatibility Options for" and select: "All new documents."
Then, under: "Lay out this document as if created in" open the drop-down menu and select: Microsoft Word 2003" (or if that doesn't help, the next time, try "Custom").

Then, if you want to preserve your old format whenever copying and pasting, in that same Advanced section scroll back up to the “Cut, Copy and Paste” section. There you will see 4 windows: "Pasting within the same document," "Pasting between documents," "Pasting between documents when style definitions conflict," and "Pasting from other programs." For all of them, select: "Keep source formatting (default)."

PS You might also need to think about in which format you want to save those docs, once transferred to the new system. For that option, go into the Save section, Save Documents, and under: "Save documents in this format" select whatever format you wish to save them as.
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11 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

FWIW, I have MS Office 2003 Professional and FrontPage 2003 installed on my Win 7 64 bit system. Everything works without problems, including Outlook 2003.
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11 Mar 2011   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

Perhaps Office 2003 has a default format file like Office 2007 has. In Office 2007 there is a normal.dot file (default template). If Office 2003 DOES have a default template file (normal.dot or w/e) then copy it over from your XP computer to your Win 7 computer. Making a backup of the original file on Win 7 before replace of course. Thought there is, maybe the settings are customized (somewhat) on the XP machine.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dagreatnate View Post
Compatibility check is clean.

Both versions are identical - Office 2003

Original 1 page view from XP - ImageShack® - Online Photo and Video Hosting
Original 2 page view from XP - ImageShack® - Online Photo and Video Hosting

Altered view from Windows 7 - ImageShack® - Online Photo and Video Hosting
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