Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member
One great thing about Excel 2010 is that the file format hasn't changed from the 2007 version. The four letter .XLSX file format of Excel 2010 is the same format used by Excel 2007 and also by Excel 2008 on the Mac. Now, this is different from the three letter .XLS format of older versions of Excel, that is 97 to 2003. Even so, there is formatting that you can apply in Excel 2010 that won't be fully recognized in Excel 2007.
Now at some point, it's only a matter of time that you will need to share files with someone using an older version. So the info I give you in this movie will hopefully save you some headaches down the road. Now if we take a look here, we've got these little icons here. These are from conditional formatting. We also have SmartArt down there. We'll take a look at conditional formatting and SmartArt a little bit later. But these particular icons were introduced in 2010. So if you were to open up this file in Excel 2007, these icons wouldn't even be visible, but the SmartArt would be completely visible.
If you try to open this document up in Excel 2003, well, you might not be able to open it at all. If you were able to open it, not only will these icons not be there, but the SmartArt will just be a regular old graphic. So let's see how we can see this down to the 2003 version. Well, we'll go to Backstage View. So I'd go up here, and click the File tab. Then down over here choose Save & Send. Under File Types, choose Change File Type. Well, we want to change it to the 97-2003 Workbook. All those versions in the same format, choose that.
Now over here click Save As. Now we can save this as Excel 97-2003. I don't know about you, but I think that's just way too many steps to get to this version. So just cancel that. An easier way is on your keyboard, just press the F12 key. The F12 key immediately brings up the Save As dialog box. That will work in all of the Office programs in just about any version you can think of. So now what we have to do is click the Save As Type and now choose Excel 97-2003.
Well, let's call this, instead of current format, let's change the file name. We'll call this current format 2003, just so we know what that is, and click Save. Now this pop-up comes up. I'm just going to stretch this out here a little bit. This tells us that the conditional formatting won't survive the trip. You can see this Significant loss of functionality. This tells us that some of these things simply will be removed, some of the things will not be editable, some cells, you can read this. Down here, we have Minor loss of fidelity.
You might wonder, all right, well, where are all these things? If you click Find, it will select. Let me just hit F12 again. Go back, and we'll call this again current format 2003 and Save. The same pop-up comes up. So any of these, you can click Find, and it will select exactly what it is that is going to cause a problem. So, someone who opens this in Excel 2003, they won't see the conditional formatting. It tells us the SmartArt won't be editable.
That'll be converted to regular shapes. All of these we went over. Now let's do this. Let's throw caution to the wind and I say that's fine, we'll deal with it. So click Continue. Now that goes away, and you see this tells us that in it's current format 2003.xlsx. The worksheet looks fine. We can see the icons. We can click the SmartArt. We have this little pop-up. As I said, we'll talk about SmartArts some more. Well, what's the difference? The reason is that we still have it open. Well, let's close it. You can either press Ctrl+F4 or click your Close button. Let's go back to Backstage View, back to Recent, and here is the file we just saved, current format 2003, three letter extension, XLS, click it.
Now you see on top, it shows us we're in Compatibility Mode. Now you can see those icons are gone. And the SmartArt, if you click this, you have regular shape editing. It's really not fully editable. Now, let's open another file. I'm just going to press Ctrl+O to bring up my File > Open. We have this older format workbook, and open that up. You see this. We even have an older header on top and this also shows us Compatibility Mode. So this is an older format.
Now what if we want to save this up to the newer version? Well, the same thing. We can go to File and we can choose Save As, or press F12. And because this is 2003, we can click this and I'll save this as a regular Excel Workbook with a four letter extension. Now let's call this an upgraded format workbook. Click Save. It still says it's Compatibility Mode. So if we close it, go back to Recent and reopen it, now it's no longer in Compatibility Mode.
This is now fully editable and we can do anything with this, as though we created it in Excel 2010. So this may seem a little confusing at first, but there are so many installations of older versions of Excel still in use. You really want to be aware of what you can and cannot do and how you can get from one version to another in Excel. You're going to be a lot happier.
Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.Become a member
82 Video lessons · 69999 Viewers
80 Video lessons · 127409 Viewers
52 Video lessons · 62357 Viewers
59 Video lessons · 48064 Viewers
Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.
Search within course videos and transcripts, and jump right to the results.
Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.
Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.
Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.
Your file was successfully uploaded.