Save as .doc

Ok, this post is for a friend of mine.  By default, Office 2007 saves files in a new format, .docx.  If you have clients that have not upgraded yet, there might be some confusion when they open your files.  Ideally, you would have them get the Office Compatability Pack, but that’s not always feasible.  You can save each file as a .doc file, but that can be onerous to remember every time.

Word Save Option DialogHere’s how you set Office 2007 to save documents every time so that Office 2003 users can use your docs with no headaches.

  1. Open Word 2007
  2. Click the Office circle icon in the upper left corner
  3. Click Word Options button
  4. Click Save in the list on the left
  5. In the “Save files in this format:” drop down list, select “Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc)”
  6. Click OK

If you send other files (Excel, PowerPoint) then you might want to do the same thing for them.  But otherwise, that’s it.  You’re done.

1 Response to “Save as .doc”

  1. 1 Kenny May 12th, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Thank you! I think it’s deplorable that MS didn’t make some effort to make the transition a little less painful.

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