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Using OpenOffice with Publisher documents

Can you open Microsoft Publisher documents with OpenOffice? I received a Publisher document from someone, and even though I have Publisher 2000 and all the latest converter packs from Microsoft, I still can't open the file with Publisher.

"Publisher cannot open files from a different version" is the message shown. Can OpenOffice come to my rescue?

Writer can open nearly anything but, unfortunately, Publisher is stubborn. Documents created in Microsoft Publisher can't be opened in any other program. That's a real drawback to the Publisher file format. However, I'm not sure why you'd be having problems between Publisher versions.

If possible, perhaps the person who sent you the Publisher document can save it up and/or down to different versions to give you other options to try.

This was first published in November 2006

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