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Chapter 21. Excel Essentials > File Compatibility Issues

File Compatibility Issues

The standard binary format for an Excel 2002 workbook is the same as the format used for Excel 97 and Excel 2000. In an office where all users have access to either of those Excel versions, you should save and exchange files by using the Microsoft Excel Workbook format.

Excel 2002 is capable of opening and saving worksheets and workbooks using the file formats of all older Excel versions, including 2.x, 3.0, 4.0, and 5.0/95. You can also open and save files in the formats used by Lotus 1-2-3 (Release 1.x, 2.x, 3, 4), Quattro Pro for MS-DOS, and all versions of dBASE. Using Excel, you can open worksheets created by Microsoft Works 2.0, but you cannot save a worksheet in that format.


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