Tricks for Working with Office 2008 files

If you’re using Microsoft Office 2004 and you need to open files created with Office 2008, there are several programs on your Mac that you can use instead.

For example, TextEdit can open and edit Word files, and if you have iWork, you can use Pages. Keynote can open PowerPoint files and Numbers can open Excel files.

If you don’t have iWork installed, you can have the creator save the file as an earlier version by choosing File> Save As. And as a last resort, download Microsoft’s free Open XML File Format Converter to convert Office 2008 files into a format Office 2004 can read, at Microsoft’s website.