MS Publisher mystery

  Mike D 07:56 09 Apr 2006

We run Publisher 2000. One of my students broiught in some work thay she had prepared at home using Publisher 2003(?), obviously this would not open on our machine. She then (at home) resaved the file as a Publisher 2000 file, but this still will not open on our machine (error message is to the effect that Publisher cannot open files from a different version). When we look at the file properties it shows as Publisher 2000 ver 6.0, which is identical to files saved as 2000 files on our machines.

Not quite sure what to do - if anything - it does seem strange for MS to give the option to save as an earlier file type if it still cannot be moved between versios.


  Simsy 08:16 09 Apr 2006

but when both I and my son had Publisher 2000 on our computers, a file created on his machine, when opened on mine, would bring up a message inidcating that there may be problems because the file was created on a PC that had a different printer installed...

I can't remember exactly what the message was, as it was some time ago, and the file did open.

Is it possible that the problem your having is caused by something similar... different printers or fonts, or images used not being available on the other machine?

Good luck,



  Mike D 15:43 09 Apr 2006

I don't know either. What I can say is that no amount of coaxing and cajoling could persuade Publisher to open the file.


  Simsy 15:47 09 Apr 2006

perhaps there is somethng in the "temp" files that is causign your 2000 version to think that the 2003 version is still there.

So it might be worth deleting the temp files folder to see if that helps.

It can't do any harm... but I am clutching at straws!



  Marsh Warden © ™ 15:51 09 Apr 2006

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  Forum Editor 16:09 09 Apr 2006

because it is a pretty straightforward job to save a Publisher 2003 file in Publisher 2000 format, which can then be opened in Publisher 2000.

All I can suggest is that you try again - get the file resaved, and see what happens.

Simsy's straw-clutching might well have some sense in it, so check to make sure that there are no temp files in the saved location.

  Mike D 22:45 09 Apr 2006

Right, thanks folks. I may not be able to try this for a little while - it's the Easter break for the kids and moi is off to Florida (it's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it) for a fortnight. I will mark this as resolved, but I will let you know the outcome.

Thanks again

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