OfficePower and Microsoft Office 2000
Microsoft Office 2000 was released recently, and can be used with OfficePower/Xtra
and OfficePower for Windows version 4 (or later). This page explains the file formats
used by Office 2000, and how these are handled by OfficePower. It also explains how you
can upgrade the OP4W Integration Kit to work with Office 2000.
The native file formats used by Word for Windows 2000 (*.doc) and Excel 2000 (*.xls)
are the same as those introduced in Word for Windows 97 and Excel 97. Files produced in
the native formats by the Word 2000 and Excel 2000 will therefore be recognised by
OfficePower/Xtra version 4 or later as Word for Windows 8 or Excel Spreadsheet 8.
You can thus use Microsoft Office 2000 (or a mixture of Office 2000 and Office 97) with
OfficePower/Xtra version 4 just as you would use Office 97.
If you have a mixture of Office 2000 and Office 4, or Office 95, in use, the same considerations apply
as in the case of mixing Office 97 and earlier versions of Office - see our support page on
Microsoft Office 97 for details.
The Office 2000 applications also offer the option to save files in Web Page (HTML)
format. If you save Word 2000 or Excel 2000 files in this format, they will be recognised
by OfficePower/Xtra as an Internet Document. When you update such a document from
OfficePower for Windows Workspace, the application started will be your Internet Browser,
which will normally be Internet Explorer 5 after you have installed Office 2000. IE5 will
recognise the file as a Word 2000 document or Excel 2000 spreadsheet, and, in the File menu,
will offer the choice Edit with Microsoft Word for Windows or Edit with Microsoft Excel
for Windows. You can click on this entry, amend the document in Word or Excel, and then
"return" the file to OfficePower using the OfficePower menu in Word or Excel.
New integration kit components are required to integrate OfficePower for Windows
with Office 2000. These are included with OfficePower for Windows Version 5, which you can download here. Alternatively, you can download an upgrade
which will add the required components to the Integration Kit issued with OP4W v4. Install the new integration kit components as described below. The
integration kit components for Word 2000 and Excel 2000 are used in exactly the same way
as those for Word 97 and Excel 97.
Installing the Integration Kit for Office 2000
These instructions were omitted from the OfficePower for Windows manual issued on the OfficePower/Xtra V5 CD.
- For Word 2000, copy the file c:\op4w\intkit\opwint9.dot to the Microsoft Office STARTUP folder.
- For Excel 2000, copy the file c:\op4w\intkit\opwint9.xla to the Microsoft Office XLSTART folder.
- Word 2000 now has two STARTUP folders, which are normally
c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Startup and
- Similarly, Excel 2000 has two XLSTART folders, which are normally
c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\XLStart and
- Install the integration kit in either (but not both) of the Startup and XLStart folder pairs.
- The locations may be different on your PC if you installed Office 2000 in a different folder, or are using Profiles to support multiple users on the same PC.
To check the correct name for the STARTUP folder on your PC, select Options from the Tools menu in Word, click on the File Locations tab and check the Startup entry in the list of file types. (If this entry is blank, you must set it before installing opwint9.dot.) The XLSTART folder should be in the same folder structure as the STARTUP folder for Word.
- The supplied integration kit macros will work with the default security settings in Word and Excel. If you use the Tools/Macro/Security menu item to change security settings, ensure that the option Trust all installed add-ins and templates remains CHECKED on the Trusted Sources tab of the dialogue box.
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