Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fix Problems With Outlook Word File Attachment

Have you ever experienced problems downloading or opening the Word file attachment on your Outlook application? There can be various reasons behind it. Maybe you are trying to open an unsupported Word file format. May be the Word file is corrupted. Or maybe there is an issue with your internet connection.
Compatibility issue is usually a common reason behind such a problem. You can easily overcome this issue by changing the file format to a supported version. Therefore, it is important to know what Outlook version you use to download the file attachment. Follow the below mentioned instructions to solve Outlook problems related to downloading MS Word file attachment.

How to open an unsupported Word file attachment in MS Outlook
  • Click the Start button and select All Programs from the menu. 
  • Locate Microsoft Office and check to see which version of Microsoft Office Outlook you have in your computer. It is quite easy to find the Outlook version in your computer. If you have a 2003 version, icon name will be displayed as Microsoft Office Outlook 2003.
  • Instead of trying to open the Word document in Outlook, go to the location where the file was downloaded. Open the Word document using its default program, which is Microsoft Word. Double-click the file to open it. 
  • As the file opens in Microsoft Word application, click on the Office button and choose the option Save As. You will see the option to change the file version to any previous versions of Word. Select the appropriate version. If your Outlook is 2003 version, choose to save as Word 97-2003 Document. 
  • Now launch your Outlook and browse to the location where the edited Word document which is the 97-2003 version document, is saved. You should now be able to open the Word document in MS Outlook.
If the downloading problem is with the internet connection, you need to check whether your internet connection is active. If it is a problem with the internet connection and if you cannot solve it on your own, contact your internet service provider and seek assistance from them.
Outlook Help menu contains many valuable troubleshooting tips that will help you fix many of your Outlook problems. You can contact the Microsoft Outlook Support team if you need further assistance.


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