Reading Word documents in Open Office

Have a new computer that runs XP Home SP3. Used to use MS Office 2000 Pro, but its causing problems on new PC.  If I download Open Office can I convert my old files created with the above Office 2000 Pro to be usable or even just readable with Open Office?  There are also downloaded accounts off internet that use Excel.
Look forward to your advice.

There’s normally no problem reading Office 2000 documents in Open Office, the only time you may hit problems is where the documents uses advanced features like pagination and footnotes but most files are fine.

The same applies to Excel, Open Office’s Calc spreadsheet can handle *.xls files quite well.

For more advanced files you may need to use the various Office Viewers to read them, but these will be few and far between.

It’s best to give Open Office a go and see how well it works for you.

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