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You can use Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003 to view Word 2003 files even if you do not have Word or installed on your computer. However, with these tools, you cannot save or edit the files.
If you have to view a file from Word 2007, or from later versions, and Word is not installed on your computer, you can view the file by using the Word Viewer 2003, but only after you install the Compatibility Pack.
Note If Word 2003 is already installed on your computer, you only have to install the Compatibility Pack to view or work with files from Word 2007, or from later versions. You do not have to install the Viewer.
Downloading Compatibility Pack and ViewersTo download the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats from the Microsoft Download Center, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=941b3470-3ae9-4aee-8f43-c6bb74cd1466&DisplayLang=enFor more information about how to obtain Word Viewer 2003 and Excel Viewer 2003, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/889347/ )Description of the Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003
Opening a file after you install the Compatibility PackTo open a 2007 or a later version Microsoft Office file, in the Office 2003 viewers:
Opening Word 2007 or later version documents by using the ViewerTo use Word Viewer to open a file, follow these steps:
Microsoft Office Word 2007
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=151500)for other considerations.