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Opening Older Ms Word Documents in Word 2007

We occasionally run into Word documents created with older versions of Ms Word (i.e. Word 2.0). When we attempt to open such files in Word 2007, we get an error message along the lines of: "You are attempting to open a file that was created in an earlier version of Microsoft Office. This file type is blocked from opening in this version by your registry policy setting." Here is a quick fix:

Create a new key called "FileOpenBlock" under:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Word\Security\

Create a DWORD value under this key called "FilesBeforeVersion" and set its value to 0.

This should allow Word 2007 to open files created on older versions.

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