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Office 2003 versus 2007

Posted By: Pam Flutie on 2008-10-26
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I am still working in Office 2003 but have been considering Office 2007.  Is anyone using this?  Do you like it?  Do you know if programs like Shorthand, Abacus, and other transcription programs work with it?  Is it possible to have Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same computer without interfering with the one another??

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Office 2003 so far, but going to Office 2007 as soon as I can. nm
Yes, I lost mine. I upgraded the Office 2000 package to Office 2003. sm
I have over 2000 autocorrect entries and lost them all as well as my supplemental dictionary for my Stedman's spellcheck. Lots of grief!

Maybe you will be lucky and not lose anything. Good luck to you.
I do not use 2003--have 2007, but have--sm
looked under the help option to see if there is anything there that would help you?

Also when you shut down for the day, do you get a msg asking if you want to save changes made to your normal? If so, do you click yes?
does work in 2003 and 2007
I have Smartype and I use MS word 2003 and 2007 and it works in both programs (and on Vista). Personally I wouldn't trade it for the world!!! I tried just about every Expander program out there and I just clicked with this one. Email me privately if you wish with more questions.
What does this have to do with 2007 compatibility with 2003?
I open 2003 documents every day in 2007 on my Vista machine. I can open 2007 documents in 2003 on my old XP machine because I have the compatibility pack installed. You can also set the 2007 default to save down to 97 thru 2003.
2007 not compatible with 2003--sm
but there is a file conversion tool available. Whether this would affect the normal.dot file, I have no idea. Better check with microsoft word on that one. go to MS website, they have a lot of info about 2007
Word 2007 and 2003


I have word 2007 and I know I need 2003 so does anyone know where you can find it or what to do?  I would appreciate it and thank you very much.


Your 2003 documents look the exact same way when you open them in 2007. sm
You don't lose any documents. Compatibility mode just means your document does not change to the new 2007 file structure and you can't use any new 2007 features in that document. "Compatibility mode" shows on the title bar so you know which format you are working in. If you want the new file structure, you just do a save as. If you want to convert the document back to 2003 so others without 2007 can open your documents, you can do that too.

The new Ribbon instead of toolbars is very different and takes some time to learn how it works, but everything you have ever known about Word is still there. I haven't had a hard time with 2007 because the majority of old keyboard shortcuts still work.

It's always in your best interest to back up your documents whether you are switching to a new version or not.

word97 versus 2003

All of my accounts and clients are in Word97.  I was from the old school of wp5.1 so took me a long time to transition forms over to word97.  I was wondering if anyone working originally in 97 could tell me what the differences could be and how hard transitioning forms, etc could be. 

I seem to be getting a lot of error boxes all of a sudden with word97 and was just thinking may be time to move up....

thank you for any help in this matter


Word 2002 versus 2003
I use 2003, is there a huge difference?  Is 2002 more user friendly or is that just the one you are required to have?
How did you get Office 2007 when it has only --sm
been released to businesses and is not available to the general public yet?? just curious. (wish I had it)
$400 for Office 2007?
Why so expensive? I cannot afford to buy this. Any suggestions? I need to upgrade but at that price I simply cannot afford to take the job.
Spellex already supports Office 2007
I just recently got a new computer and it came preloaded with Vista and Office 2007. I went to Spellex's website and they had the Office 2007 version already available and I believe it was $40 for the upgrade for current customers. Hope this helps :)!!
Office 2003--sm
I like it better than 2000. The only thing I have noticed with it though, although it was true of ALL versions of Word, was that when using it as primary for word processing and using auto correct for expansions, it seems like the capitalization after a period tends to erode after a while and sometimes it won't do it, particularly with the most used letters, like T, R, S, etc. but like I said, ALL the Word programs I have used have done this over time.
MS OFFICE PRO 2003 FOR $69.95

Also was told Office 2007 is meant for Vista.
It requires a lot more power than most machines have with Windows XP.
Microsoft Office 2003
I believe you can get a 30-day demo from the Microsoft website. I did that and then decided I loved it and was able to get a lower priced version from Costco for about $129. It is pretty nice because it comes with Excel, etc. Here is the link:

Hope this helps!
I also use Outlook 2003 with Office, but
your email comes through your ISP into outlook, and your ISP has a storage quota. unless you *save* your emails to your hard drive, mine...two 80GB hard drives, they are not stored on your computer. If you keep them in your email files, your email storage has a quota. by the wording of her email, it sounds like she DID save these files to her hard drive, and that was why it took her so long to find them, put them in email, and return them.
Does Anyone Know of A Good Medical Spell Checker For Office 2007?
Hello all! I am new to these boards :) . My husband bought me a new computer with office 2007 installed on it for Christmas :). I was curious if anyone knew of a good medical spell check for Office 2007. Thanks In Advance!!!
I purchased Office 2003 at Amazon.com.
I bought MS Office 2003 online...
The company I recently started with only uses Word 2003.  I bought a new version of Office 2003 online.  I can't connect with the site I bought it from (bargainfire.com), but if you dig deep enough on a Google search you will find something.  I remember it took me a while.  Good luck!
Info/help on open Word 2007 docx with Word 2003.

I have a friend who sent me a document with .docx extension, presumably Word 2007. I can open it in Word 2003; however, all I see are musical notes and highlighting, no text (this is a document with words and highlighting only, no pictures, music notes, etc.). I tried to open this with Notepad and only see the usual gibberish.

I know I opened another 2007 Word doc before and I remember seeing the converter load at that time but that was probably a year ago. Is there something that has changed that I'm not aware of?

Darn Microsoft.

I use SmarType with Microsoft Office with Word 2003
I have had this problem and have even lost documents and was told by Microsoft that this is a Microsoft bug that they have no fix for. I called them and e-mailed and they said they are working on a fix. Can't give me a solution and no time frame of when they will have a patch.
My Stedmans spellcheck disappeared with SP 2 for Office 2003!

An update from Microsoft of SP 2 for Office 2003, a reboot and now when I open Word my Stedmans spellcheck doesn't work.   I tried to reload it and that doesn't work, either.   Anyone else have this happen?  I looked and it's in "Proof" for dictionaries as LEXB4SP, but it's not loading up and replacing the Word spellcheck.   Now what do I do?  


I have Vista and am running Office 2003 on it just fine.
I haven't used Word 2007 even though I have it, just because I haven't been able to buy Stedman's for Word 2007 yet.
Office notes versus SOAP:

Could someone explain the difference between an office note and a SOAP note when doing transcribing for a specialty doctor. Thanks.

I use Vista with Office 2003 Student/Teacher edition. nm
I use Vista with Office 2003 Student/Teacher edition.
Generally office notes versus hospital
For my accounts anyway, my multispecialty is office notes, letters, in office procedures and acute care is hospital notes.
I dunno about Word 2007 but Word 2003

has AutoCorrect, which is probably what you're meaning. When you program a macro, it records your Keystrokes and actions and is more complicated than what you're needing.

In Word 2003, type the word/phrase you want (i.e., degenerative disc disease) then highlight it. Go to Tools, AutoCorrect Options, and your highlighted word should be in the "with" box. Type your shortcut (i.e., ddd) in the "replace" box. Click Add then OK. To use the new entry, just type what you put in the replace box (ddd). No other keys necessary. I would guess it should be about the same in Word 2007.

Hope that helps! Feel free to email if you have more questions...

Word 2007, Word 2002, or 2003
How many transcriptionists have switched to these versions of Word?  I am still using Word 2000, and it works well for me, but have been offered job with a company that uses Word 2007, and another company that will let you use Word 2002 or 2003.  I am fighting this and am at the point where I just might not accept a new job because of this change.  I can't imagine why they would want to change from Word 2000.  Your opinions, please.  Thank you.
Word 2003 and Word 2007....

If you have Word 2003 and upgrade to Word 2007 - will you still be able to access your Word 2003 documents? 

I am still kinda confused on this as everything I have read about this states that the Word 2003 files will be opend in a "compatibility" form, as opposed to normal. 

Would it be in my best interest to save the Word 2003 files to a disk first?

It wouldn't load with my Office. Somehow it wouldn't "read" my 2003 Basic, although sm
technical couldn't find anything wrong with my software. They really tried hard. I see so many people that like Escription, I'm sorry not to be able to use it. Hopefully I can get Office Pro on my next machine, and maybe use it then. I could upgrade, but I'm still not sure it would work.
2007 macro help..anyone good in 2007??


 I now need to start using Word2007.  I would like to know if anyone out there knows how to build a macro in word2007?  I could do this in word97, but cant find the same commands to do my macro in 2007?


HELP please



65 character line versus gross lines versus pay by word

I am checking into other options for transcription.  Can anyone tell me how to compare all of these types of lines & also payment per word?  I know companies use different scales, so I wondered how they compare.  I have been paid on a 65 character line with spaces, but I may be making a change in the future - don't want to get burned.

Thank you in advance!

Changing Excel 2003 Addresses Into Word 2003 Addresses

Hello !

I have a large amount of addresses listed on an Excel 2003 spreadsheet.  I need these addresses for Word 2003 letters.  I end up copying the address from Excel and pasting it into Word, but as you can imagine, the pasted address is in a straight line and I end up having to type the address so it displays correctly for a letter.  Does anyone know if there is a simple way to change the Excel address format to a Word letter address format?  Thank you for your help.

Question versus gross lines versus 65-character lines....

I have always charged or been paid by 65 or 60 character lines or per letter or space typed, but have never been paid or charged per gross line.

What is the advantage of this?  If I were to charge 11 cents per 65-character line including spaces, what does this figure out to for an average line rate and how do you do this calculation? 

I'm wondering if it is financially beneficial for me to bill by gross line or to keep it the way I have it.  I do know some accounts will only pay per 65-character line, as this was the deal my first own account I recently acquired.  They were adamant on a 65-character line, but didn't specify with or without spaces and I personally would never not charge for spaces.

Thanks for explaining this.  I appreciate it and hope everyone has a speedy day.

Have most people had good luck with their MQ office closing and moving to the regional office. Have
things gotten better or worse for you.
Might be able to rent one from an office supply or office machine repair shop
I gave a tin of toffee for each office and a Lia Sophia necklace to each office manager. ~nm~
I gave a tin of toffee for each office and a Lia Sophia necklace to each office manager. ~nm~
Office politics. That is why I enjoy working at home. In the office,
people are in other people business. Just mind your own business.
Can anyone suggest an office in MQ that is not run like this Amherst office. They are absolutely
pathetic. I wonder how many other MTs are in that office in the same situation.
Just DQS from my office was transferred and the rest are getting on DQS before the office closes.
Pay kids work around office, renovate office.
A sad $11,000 for 2007, but I need to

...this is my 2nd year transcribing.  I am really going to try to pick up the pace and the money in 2008 and am looking into getting my own accounts.  If I don't do something I will have to get another job in addition to transcription. I worked for a doctor's office when I first started out making $14.00/hour, which in hindsight was pretty good for a beginner.  I guess it just takes some people longer to get in gear.  Things are really clicking for me now, and I can now fly through dictators that I used to find extremely difficult, so there's a ray of hope!  I have never made more than $15,000 per year my entire life, and I've been working since I was 14 years old - it's time darn it!

CMT since 2007 (sm)
It's not that bad. The transcription portion is not difficult. There is a CMT prep book that has much harder practice dictations in it than the test will give you. You won't get a foot pedal in the test, but you only have short snippets to transcribe.

However, the first part of the test is the multiple choice part, and that was the part I found much more difficult than I anticipated.

As far as studying for it, I personally think working is the best way to study for it. There is a lot less emphasis on the BOS rules in the CMT test than I anticipated as well. I found it to be a transcription and knowledge test, not a memorization of the endless rules in the BOS.

Just go register for it and take it. Let us know what happens!
January 31, 2007
Word 2007 is the best
I used office 2003 pro since it came out and hated it. It was so slow. I just got the new office 2007 and it is MUCH better than any other version of office.
I have QLDB 2007

there is not much difference between that and 2006.  the big difference between 05 and 06 was the search function.  06 would not let you search starting with an asterisk for a wildcard.  07 is the same.  but i just tried searching for part of a word without a wildcard and it brought up words that had that part in the middle.  so it seems you do not need the asterisk at the beginning of a search.

to be honest, i rarely use my electronic references.  i mostly use the net and sometimes will double check a finding with an electronic ref. 

i update my references on CD for the tax credit.  and as a backup.

Word 2007
Thanks for the info!

I have always used Stedman's QL electronic drug search reference material.  I loaded my 2007 and discovered that they have built in something called a Launch Ready Reference Bookshelf  that completely changes the way the drug reference works now.  One thing that is missing is the fuzzy search, which I have always loved and used tremendously.  I called Tech Support at Lippincott and at Stedman's and they both tell me that it is no longer part of the program and this new Bookshelf is going to be linked to all of their electronic products -- hence no fuzzy search.  So, my question is, what is everyone else using.  I have the Saunder's Pharmaceutical Word Book 2007 and I hate it as well, it takes too long to load and uses too much RAM to leave loaded. 

Hope someone else has found an answer.