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Problems with Word Online and "Standard" Word

  1. Jan 20, 2016 #1

    WWGD

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    Hi All,
    I often send files to myself as a way of saving documents (wyhen I forget my flash drive, or
    have trouble using it.) . Still, it seems like microsoft often saves or translates by default, the files
    I attach into their respective office online equivalents, e.g., word documents are saved into word online documents, etc. But then the "standard" machine versions cannot open the online versions. Am I
    missing something obvious here, or is this your standard microsoft incompetence?
    Thanks.
     
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  3. Jan 20, 2016 #2

    fresh_42

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    Why don't you attach them as 'title.doc.xyz' so their format stays unchanged and when opening the mail just strip off the fantasy extension.
     
  4. Jan 20, 2016 #3

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    The strange thing is that I had not even saved the content as a word document. I had sent myself an email with something I had written and somehow windows decided to save the contents of the email as a word file, as an online version of word file.
     
  5. Jan 20, 2016 #4

    fresh_42

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    This is why I hate those latest Windows versions (≥ 8). They think they have to think for you all the time. It's simply annoying.
     
  6. Jan 20, 2016 #5
    You could try a different email software.
    Or you use another way of saving the file. e.g. dropbox or google drive.
     
  7. Jan 20, 2016 #6

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    Problem is I have a lot of people who know me by my Outlook address. Otherwise, I would change in a second.
    But, yes, I will save somewhere else next time.
     
  8. Jan 21, 2016 #7

    Borg

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    The other alternative is to zip the files that you're emailing. I haven't heard of Outlook opening them and modifying files inside - yet. Interestingly, one of my co-workers was having a problem with Outlook on his desktop not recognizing a current version of a file and sending a previous version instead. Really odd behavior. I would have liked to debug it further but he gave up after we ran a few email tests.
     
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