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Microsoft KB Archive/171647

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Office 97 Books Incompatible with Office 95 Products

Article ID: 171647

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • MSPRESS Microsoft Office 97 Integration Step by Step ISBN 1-57231-317-X
  • MSPRESS Microsoft Word 97 Step by Step ISBN 1-57231-313-7
  • MSPRESS Microsoft Excel 97 Step by Step ISBN 1-57231-314-5
  • MSPRESS Microsoft PowerPoint 97 Step by Step ISBN 1-57231-315-3
  • MSPRESS Running Microsoft Office 97 ISBN 1-57231-322-6
  • MSPRESS Running Microsoft Word 97 ISBN 1-57231-320-X
  • MSPRESS Running Microsoft Excel 97 ISBN 1-57231-321-8
  • MSPRESS Running Microsoft PowerPoint 97 ISBN 1-57231-324-2
  • MSPRESS Running Microsoft Access 97 ISBN 1-57231-323-4
  • MSPRESS Microsoft Access 97 Step by Step ISBN 1-57231-316-1

This article was previously published under Q171647


Microsoft Office 97 file formats are significantly different than Microsoft Office 95 file formats. Consequently, Office 95 programs cannot read any file saved by the corresponding Office 97 program.


The practice disks included with the books listed above contain files saved in Office 97 file formats. Therefore, if you have Office 95 instead of Office 97, you cannot read these files. Moreover, because of the many feature changes between Office 95 and Office 97, the information in the Office 97 books may not apply to Office 95 programs.

If you have Office 95, we recommend that you exchange your Office 97 book for one of the following Microsoft Press titles:

  • ISBN 1-55615-887-4 Microsoft Office 95 Integration Step by Step
  • ISBN 1-55615-828-9 Microsoft Word 95 Step by Step
  • ISBN 1-55615-825-4 Microsoft Excel 95 Step by Step
  • ISBN 1-55615-829-4 Microsoft PowerPoint 95 Step by Step
  • ISBN 1-55615-876-9 Microsoft Access 95 Step by Step
  • ISBN 1-55615-897-1 Running Microsoft Office for Windows 95
  • ISBN 1-55615-848-3 Running Microsoft Word for Windows 95
  • ISBN 1-55615-831-9 Running Microsoft Excel for Windows 95
  • ISBN 1-55615-852-1 Running Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows 95
  • ISBN 1-55615-886-6 Running Microsoft Access for Windows 95

If you have not yet broken the seal on your disk pack, you can return your Microsoft Press book to the point of purchase for a refund or exchange. If you have broken the seal on your disk pack, please call (800) MS-PRESS for further information about arranging a refund or exchanging your book. If you are outside of North America, please contact your local English language Microsoft Press distributor for further information.

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