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Error message when you try to open a Publisher 2.0 publication in Publisher 2003, Publisher 2002, or Publisher 2000: "Publisher cannot open this file"

Support for Office 2003 has ended

Microsoft ended support for Office 2003 on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

SYMPTOMS
When you try to open a Microsoft Publisher 2.0 publication in Microsoft Office Publisher 2003, Microsoft Publisher 2002, or Microsoft Publisher 2000, you receive the following error message:
Publisher cannot open this file. This file was saved from an earlier version of Publisher. Publisher no longer supports files that were saved in this version.
Additionally, you are no longer able to copy and paste content between separate instances of Publisher 2000. If you copy content from one instance of Publisher 2000, switch to a separate instance of Publisher, and then try to paste the content, nothing happens. Additionally, after you try to paste the content, the Paste command is unavailable (dimmed) as if there was nothing in the clipboard.
CAUSE
This issue occurs after you install one of the following security updates for Publisher 2003, Publisher 2002, or Publisher 2000:
  • 894542 Description of the security update for Publisher 2003: September 12, 2006
  • 894541 Description of the security update for Publisher 2002: September 12, 2006
  • 894540 Description of the security update for Publisher 2000: September 12, 2006
WORKAROUND
To work around this issue, you must have access to a copy of Publisher 2003, Publisher 2002, or Publisher 2000 that has not been updated with one of the security updates that are mentioned in the "Cause" section.

Note You cannot use this procedure if Publisher has been updated either by the security updates that are mentioned in the "Cause" section or by later updates.

Follow these steps:
  1. Start Publisher.
  2. On the File menu, click Open.
  3. Locate the file that you want, and then click Open.
  4. On the File menu, click Save As.
  5. In the Save as type box, click Publisher Files.
  6. Name the file, and then click Save.
Pub9 pub2k pub2000 Publisher9 Publisher2000 Publisher2k Pub10 pub2k2 pub2002 pub11 pub2k3 Pub2003 Publisher2003 Publisher2002 Publisher2k2 Publisher2k3 Publisher11 Publisher10 2k 2k2 2k3 11 10 9
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Article ID: 924685 - Last Review: 03/13/2007 22:22:52 - Revision: 2.2

  • Microsoft Office Publisher 2003
  • Microsoft Publisher 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Publisher 2000 Standard Edition
  • kbtshoot kbsavefile kbopenfile kbprb KB924685
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