Microsoft KB Archive/932121

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Error message when you try to edit an embedded object in a 2007 Office file in Excel 2003, in PowerPoint 2003, or in Word 2003: "The server application, source file, or item cannot be found"

Article ID: 932121

Article Last Modified on 10/15/2007


  • Microsoft Office Excel 2003
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003
  • Microsoft Office Word 2003


Consider the following scenario. You install the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats on a computer that is running one of the programs that are listed in the "Applies to" section. You open a Microsoft Office Excel 2007 workbook, a Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 presentation, or a Microsoft Office Word 2007 document that contains an embedded Excel object, an embedded PowerPoint object, or an embedded Word object. After the file opens in the appropriate Microsoft Office 2003 program, you double-click the embedded object to edit it. In this scenario, the embedded object does not open. Additionally, you receive the following error message:

The server application, source file, or item cannot be found. Make sure the application is properly installed, and that it has not been deleted, moved, or renamed.


This issue may occur if the following conditions are true:

  • The embedded object is a 2007 Microsoft Office program object.
  • The specific 2007 Office program is not installed on the computer.


To work around this issue, open the 2007 Office file on a computer that has the appropriate 2007 Office programs installed.


For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

924074 How to use earlier versions of Excel, PowerPoint, and Word to open and save files from 2007 Office programs

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