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Office Software Thread, Docx files opening at zip files in Technical; Firsly did a search but was unable to find anything of the same nature, so appologies if this has been ...
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    Docx files opening at zip files

    Firsly did a search but was unable to find anything of the same nature, so appologies if this has been already discussed.

    Student are using our VLE, and are transfering work from home, they have office 2007 and we have 2003 here i have put the compatability pack on the system if the documents are opened from usb pen or network drive they open fine, but using our vle the docuement opening as a zip file, the students cannot save or right click from the web.

    does anyone have any ideas regarding this is the the vle itself, or is there someway to configure documents in IE to open in there relevant programs.

    Thanks

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    docx files are the same format as zip files. It's only the file extension that differentiates them. What VLE are you using?

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    Really? O2007 DocX is the same as zip?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirbendy View Post
    Really? O2007 DocX is the same as zip?
    My reaction too!

    Wow quick Google shows that .docx is several xml files zipped together. Thanks for that Geoff, handy to know

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirbendy View Post
    Really? O2007 DocX is the same as zip?
    This is correct, .docx is just a zip wrapper for the document files

    See: Introducing the Office (2007) Open XML File Formats and http://www.docx2doc.com/Newbies-Guide-To-docx.aspx

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    Its all part of the office 2007 new standard. I use the zip feature all the time as all the images in your document are saved a png files in the file. Its the same for powerpoint (PPTX)

    If your using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 it will allow you convert your docx file to a html page. Doesn't do images yet!

    Document Conversion: Turn your DOCX to a HTML page - Alex Pearce's SharePoint Blog

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    Also, it's good for smuggling elicit files into school with. Stuff files into zip, put on usb stick and rename the file as a docx.

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    Impressive...

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    same as OpenDocument format ODT,ODS,ODP, Promethean FLP, SCORM and IMS files. There all zipped xml.
    The thread is starting to sound like MS invented it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    The thread is starting to sound like MS invented it...
    Nobody believes MS invent anything, they just buyout others who have invented something good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    docx files are the same format as zip files. It's only the file extension that differentiates them. What VLE are you using?
    we use myclasses/mydesktop

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    From what I have seen, the users may find they can open the document just fine if they user firefox, left click on the link and open with word.

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    The schools I support use the same VLE, and I can re-create your problem. Using Word 2003 with the Compatibility Pack installed, I did Save As into docx format.

    Uploading the file worked correctly, but when downloading it came up with test.docx, compressed zipped folder. By clicking Open, I can then Save the docx file.

    I found a very similar problem with Sims report files, as they also came up as zipped file format and then become corrupted and unusable within Sims. I seem to re-call it was an issue with the proxy server from memory.

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    what i never knew they were the same as zip files.. oo handy to know.

    why don't someone just show the pupils how to save there documents as 97-2003 .doc files using office 2007. then they will be able to open it at school too

    James.

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    I'm pretty sure with the Office 2007 Ork Tools, you can specify the default save format to be .doc

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