How to Change the Default File Saving Format from docx to doc.

Have you ever saved a document on Microsoft Office and you sent it to someone or your tried opening it elsewhere and the file could not be opened? This could be a compatibility issue.

Docx is a new default file saving format being introduced in Word 2007 that is based on Open XML and uses ZIP compression to reduce the overall file size. However, you probably don’t want the file to be saved under docx format due to many people are still using Office 2000/2003/XP without Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack being installed, that make the new file format not fully compatible with existing word versions. Instead of changing the file format from docx to doc each and every time when you want to save a file, now you can change the default saving format directly by following the steps below. Below are the steps showing how to change the default file saving format from docx to doc:

1) Click Office button i.e. Windows Ribbon (Windows logo) as located on the left top in Office 2007 or FILE in Office 2010

2) On the drop down menu, click Word Options button as located at bottom for Office 2007 and Options button for Office 2010 (See images below)


3) For the pop up Word Options window, click Save as shown on left panel

4) Under Save documents section, click on the drop down of “Save files in this format”, then choose “Word97-2003 Document(*.doc)”.

5) Click OK button the save the setting.

You can also apply the same method for Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint and any other Office suite.


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