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I need to open Excel 2003 XML files (not Open XML from 2007) in Excel 2000. Is there any plugin that would allow me to do this?

Edit: the name of the format is called XMLSS - XML Spreadsheet

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If your Excel 2000 is fully updated with available patches, it should have no problems opening XML files generated by Excel 2003.

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Have you tried this (I don't have 2000)? And are you referring to the Office 2003 format and not just a generic XML export data file? – ScottR Feb 25 '11 at 18:09
I haven't had 2000 in years, so perhaps I am mis-remembering. But as I recall, in the Open File dialog, there was an option to select XML files to open in the file filter dropdown. Of course, as a developer, I would be tempted to tell anyone still using Office 2000 that they are out of luck. – BBlake Feb 25 '11 at 20:23
Okay, got my hands on 2000 - and it doesn't work. I don't think this can be done with any current plugins/updates. – ScottR Mar 2 '11 at 0:36
Ah, I must have been thinking of the OpenXML type docs. Apologies. – BBlake Mar 3 '11 at 12:57

The Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack should grant you the ability you seek.

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That pack is for Open XML from Office 2007+ if you look at the link. I need it to open the Excel 2003 XML format. – ScottR Feb 27 '11 at 23:52
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This cannot be done unfortunately. You would need to create your own plugin.

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