Excel 2007 not saving correctly for Excel 97-2003 users


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Apr 13, 2009
In our environment we have Office 2007 with the compatibility pack (added when we were still in Office 2003) and have chosen to have the default save as 97-2003.

I have a user who created an Excel 2007 spreadsheet with a normal embedded chart and saves using the default (Excel 97-2003). When he sends it to people on Office 2003, the chart in Excel 2003 comes over as a picture and if that user tries to import the file to extract data it looks like HTML or XML - not usuable. Went to run Compatibility checker in Excel 2007 and it was grayed-out. How do I remedy so the Excel 2003 user can open a file that is usable?

P.S.: to check this you will probably need access to Excel 2007 and Excel 2003.

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