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Office 2003 SP3 and Blocked File Types

Posted by workerthread on January 5, 2008

A quick note on this in case you have installed Service Pack 3 for Office 2003, or are planning to.  This update will block access to a fair few legacy file types, such as Lotus 1-2-3, Quattro, Word documents earlier than 6.0, and several more.  I do know of some organisations that need to retain files in these earlier formats for legal or compliance reasons, so it’s worth bearing in mind that after installing SP3 they will be blocked by Office applications “for security reasons”. 

You can find more information, and a registry hack workaround here.

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