Windows Vista Help

Microsoft Office

1. I cannot find Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access or Outlook?

These are NOT supplied with Windows Vista but come with Microsoft Office which you need to buy and install seperately. Sometimes manufacturers will bundle Office or Works with new PCs. Alternatives include WordPerfect Office, Lotus Symphony, OpenOffice (free), StarOffice, AbiWord (free), Easy Office, Ability Office, Microsoft Works, and Office Starter.

There are now some online office products such as, Office 365 and Google Docs.

You can download a time limited trial version of Office from Microsoft's Trial Page.

2. Does Windows Mail come with a Spell Checker?

Yes, Windows Mail has a spell checker built in. Press F7 to initiate spell checking in a new message.

3. Which versions of Office work with Windows Vista?

Microsoft Office 2000 ,2002 (XP), 2003, 2007 and 2010 will work on Windows Vista.

4. Does Windows come with any sort of Word Processor?

Yes, Windows always provided a program called Write or Wordpad which is available via Start, Programs, Accessories, Wordpad. It doesn't have any of Word's advanced features, but ideal for short letters, documents and so on. It can open .doc, .wri, .rtf and .txt files and save as .rtf or .txt files which can be read by the majority of Word Processors available. Spell Checkers can be added via third party software such as Autospell etc.

5. Does Windows come with any sort of Spreadsheet?

No, the nearest thing, is the Calculator which can do simple mathematical calculations for you.

6. Does Windows come with any sort of Database?

No, but the Contacts, can be used to store details about users, such as name, address, telephone number, birthdays, children, email address and so on.

7. I have got an Office document but I cannot open or read it and I don`t have Office?

Microsoft have free office document viewer programs for Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Visio documents which are available from Microsoft.
Word documents can be opened with most other Word Processing applications including Corel's WordPerfect and OpenOffice.
MDB database files can be opened with OpenOffice Base, Visual Studio 2005 (inc Express) and MDB Browser.
MS Project files can be viewed with a demo copy of Project or Project Viewer.
OneNote file can be exported to be viewed by people without OneNote using OneNote Viewer.
Publisher files can be exported in other formats such as PDF, Word docs, HTML, JPEG and so on to be viewed by other users.

8. I have a been given a document written in a new or different format, how do I open it?

You need to install some extra converters which can be used to open documents in Works, Office 2007, Open Office and so on. You can download them from the Office website:

Office Compatibility Pack (for Office 2007 documents)

Office File Converter Pack (for older document formats)

Works 6-9 Converter Pack (for Works documents)

9. How can I tell if my installed version of Office is genuine?

Your installation of office should be installed and setup with a product key and activated. For example, in Word 2010, select the File, Help to view
whether it is activated or not. See Activate Office 2010 or Activate Office 2007 for more information.

Office activated