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Old 25-01-18, 10:01
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am i still safe to use office 2003,have been using it for the past 10 years with no problems,on Vista,W7 & W10,with all the security scares we read in the magazine,during my clean install of W10 i thought i would try Libre office.but i don't like it (data sorting in calc does not work in the same way as in excel, i sort a list that has dates and times,when it is downloaded it is in order with newest first,i want newest at the bottom,calc sorted it with days in numerical order irrispective of months) also the spell checker is driving me nuts with everything underlined in red that stays there even when corrected, until you reopen it.my use of office is purely local i very rarely send anything on line and only use word,excel and occasionally powerpoint,don't even install outlook.
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Old 25-01-18, 12:52
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I'm still using Office 2002 on Windows 7.
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Old 25-01-18, 17:03
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I'm still using Office 2003 with Windows 10. Works fine with no problems. If you want to read, edit or save files from newer versions of MS Office then download the Microsoft Office Compatibility pack. I wouldn't wory about the bit underneath about Microsoft not supporting it after April. They haven't supported it for security updates since I started using it 5 or six years ago.
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Old 28-01-18, 11:19
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I assist clients for Age UK

The last win 10 update seems to have broken Word 2003 she was using.
Associations are set, but opening a file brings up just the bare grey Word background, with most of the options greyed out and unfeacahable.

If you open word first, then a file it seems to work, but not well.
Also Outlook 2003 lost all data and her address book, which is all read from gmail.

No amount of importing the (exported) cvs files would align the data fields with Outlook, I checked them in excel, all good and plain text. But email fields ended up in City Bd names were all over the place.


Weirdly I performed this action for her two years ago without any issue. Reinstalling Office 2003 made no difference whatsoever.

Anyhow, after she had a panic attack and tears, I installed Libre Office and Thunderbird for her, she likes to have mail sorted into folders and could not handle the look of gems i itself.

It fricking works like a dream, Libre looks like pre 2007 Word, not bloody silly ribbons. Icons.

I think I!ll ditch my Office 2007 and go for Libre too, I could do amazing tables in earlier versions for the NHS, but the ribbons look is incredibly time wasting, no customisable bars for tables etc.

No way am I going to pay a yearly licence for Orrifice 365!
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Old 28-01-18, 12:09
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Still works fine for me with Windows version 1709.
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Old 26-03-18, 17:32
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eventually updated to 2007,don't like it as much as 2003 but am getting used to it.
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Old 26-03-18, 19:57
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I started using 2007 in 2008 but I never open ones from unknown sources. I need to have macros enabled, but if you intend opening an Office file from an unknown source, disable macros in the program first, scan it before opening and then open it.
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Old 28-03-18, 18:10
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Yes, it should still work fine but that's not the issue, the last security update was back in 2014 so to answer the OP's question, "am I still safe to use office 2003", the answer is No.

That doesn't mean you've picked up malware by continuing to use it, or will do so, but the chances are a lot higher than if it was still supported. If you don't connect your pc to the world via the internet, CD or USB stick then you don't have much to worry about security-wise. If you do then your well out-of-date Word could pick up malware.

Maybe your version of LibreOffice works differently to mine. It will sort data, inc. dates, in order ascending or descending and its easy to change between the two. I can turn off the spell checker if I want and, when in use, it will remove the wavy red underling when the spelling is corrected. Maybe I'm using a more up-to-date version of LO?
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Old 28-03-18, 20:17
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I still use Microsoft Offfice 2010 with Windows 8.1.

I don't see any need to upgrade Office or Windows. Have Windows 10 on a laptop but I don't particularly like it.
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