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Microsoft Project – Converting 2010 files to 2007

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A question that often arises with a newly launched version of an application is; Will the new file format be compatible with an older version? If you are a Microsoft Project user then this question is asked more often than with other Microsoft applications. If you have been sent a Project MPP file created in a later version of Microsoft Project and you are trying to open this file in an older version you may receive an error message informing you that this is not possible. Check below to determine if a converter for opening newer files is available to you.

Which Project version are you using?

Which file version are you trying to open?

Notes

Project 2007

Project 2010

No converter is available. If you received a Project 2010 file that you want to open using Project 2007, ask the person who sent the file to first save it in the Project 2007 file format.Alternately, you can install the free trial version of Project 2010, and then view the file, or save it to the Project 2007 file format.
Note Once the trial version of Project 2010 has expired, it can continue to open and view project files, but it won’t be able to save them.
 

Project 2003

Project 2007

There are two possibilities here.

  • If you are using Project 2003 with SP3, project files from Project 2007 can be opened read-only.
  • If you are using Project 2003 without SP3, there is no converter available. Upgrade to Project 2003 with SP3, or ask the person who sent the Project 2007 or later file to save the file first in the Project 2000-2003 file format.

Project 2003

Project 2010

No converter is available. Ask the person who sent the Project 2010 file to save the file first in the Project 2000-2003 file format.
Project 2000 or Project 2002 Project 2007 or Project 2010 No converter is available. Ask the person who sent the Project 2007 or later file to save the file first in the Project 2000-2003 file format.

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