A reader is ready to update Office but has some concerns.

“We are currently using office 2010, love it, but are thinking of changing to office 2019. My question: when I download 2019 will it change the data that is stored in the 2010 files? I have a lot of Excel spread sheets and my wife has a lot of data in Word. Please advise us computer neophytes.”

You will want to switch from Office 2010 before October 13. That’s when Microsoft security and bug support for ends for the program. The good news is that if you switch to Office 2019 or Office 365, your files won’t be affected.

Office documents are saved in the folders where you put them, most often the Document folder not within the Office program. Your spreadsheets and documents should be just fine when you upgrade.

Also know that if you choose to switch to a free option like LibreOffice or OpenOffice, you would still be able to open and edit those files. Though, if you’re like me, you’ll probably prefer Office.

Before upgrading to Office 2019, you might consider downloading LibreOffice or OpenOffice to check them out. You might find that one of them works for you and save a whole bunch of money.