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JCU Software Updates

This site is intended to provide the JCU community with timely updates on campus related software news.  If you have any questions about the information provided here, please feel free to contact our Information Services HelpDesk, at 216-397-3005 or mailto:helpdesk@jcu.edu

Windows Vista

Office 2007 System Requirements

Office 2007 Training Link

 Internet Explorer 7 (IE7)

Issues with IE7

Additional IE7 Resource
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7


 Microsoft Office 2007

http://www.jcu.edu/is/images/VistaOffice2000_clip_image001_0000.jpgStatus: Office 2007 has been tested and deployment to the campus office systems will start in Summer 2008.  Office 2007 will be installed on all new systems.  After the installation of the summer systems, Office 2007 will be deployed by department to the rest of the campus.  As part of the deployment process, Office 2003 will be removed.  Only the Office 2003 applications will be removed, your documents will remain intact.  Any document created in an Office 2003 application is fully compatible with the corresponding Office 2007 application.    Documents created in Office 2007 can be accessed in Office 2003 using the Compatibility Pack detailed below. Access databases may be an exception to the backward compatibility. Contact your database designer for clarification on this point.

Classrooms and labs will offer Office 2007 on the desktops with Office 2003 being available via Citrix. 

Please contact the HelpDesk, x3005, if you have any questions.

System requirements for upgrading to Office 2007
The Microsoft minimum system requirements will let Office 2007 operate, but usually so slowly as to be more frustrating than useful. We have found the following minimum requirements are necessary for effective Office 2007 processing:

  • a 2 gigahertz computer (all of our ThinkCentres meet this qualification)
  • 1 GB RAM

If your system needs additional RAM, contact the HelpDesk for pricing, then send a purchase requisition for the desired amount to Information Services. Your RAM will be installed as quickly as possible.

Office 2007 uses different file formats than Office 2003 - Compatibility Pack available
 In order to open Office 2007 documents using Office 2003 or Office XP, you need to install the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2007.

Once the compatibility tool is installed on your system, you will be allowed to open Office 2007 documents with Office 2003 or Office XP in the same manner your use to open any document. This tool is currently installed on all lab machines.

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2007
If you have Office 2003 at home, and would like to be able to open Office 2007 documents on your home computer, you can download the Compatibility Tool and install it on your home computer. This tool is free and can be found here:

NOTE: The Compatibility pack is only to be installed on machines running the Windows XP operating system with Office 2003 or Office XP. If you have questions about this, please contact the HelpDesk at 216-397-3005.

Save an Office Word 2007 file in the Office Word 2003 file format
You can save Office Word 2007 documents to any of several file formats.

  • Click the Microsoft Office Button in the upper left corner of your window, and then click Save As.
  • In the Save As dialog box, in the Save as type list, click the desired file type, e.g. “Word 97-2003 Document”.
  • In the File name box, type a name for the file.
  • Click Save.

Office 2007 Resources

Office 2007 Interactive Guides

Wondering where your favorite 2003 commands are located in the new 2007 interface? Or just want to explore the rich, new design with a little guidance? Visit these websites to view an interactive flash animation that lets you choose a command in the 2003 version, and shows you exactly where that command is located in the 2007 version.

Office 2007 Add-Ins

Save from the following applications to pdf or xps: Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, OneNote, Visio, InfoPath.

Office 2007 Viewer Downloads

These viewer tools let you view full-featured documents, spreadsheets, and presentations created in Office 97 and later versions. These downloads are free, and allow you to view and print, but not edit these files.


 Windows Vista

Status: The deployment of the Windows Vista operating system has been postponed until Microsoft releases a version that is considerably more stable than the current release.  Continue to check this website for updates on the expected deployment.

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