Microsoft word 2007 which comes along with the Office 2007 is much more powerful and attractive than the previous versions. It has many features that just make the old ones incomparable. But one main problem with this new version is that it saves the files written in it in the .docx format. Even though this new format is powerful and has more features, it can’t be opened with the old versions like the word 2003 or 97. And this mainly creates a problem when you create a .docx file with your new office and takes it to a friend’s computer where there is office 2003.

Fortunately, there is an option through which you can save the files in the old format to make it compatible with the older versions of Microsoft Word. A simple way to do is when you save the file, you just choose the “Word 97-2003 Document (.doc)” option which is just below the file name. A small snapshot is shown below.

Another way to solve this problem is to permanently configure your Microsoft Word to save in the old format of Word 97-2003 Document (“.doc). You can do this by choosing the “Word Options” under the top left button of your word 2007 as shown below.

Then clicking the “Save” button on the left of the options window, Choose “Word 97-2003 Document (.doc)” under the options of “Save Files in this format”. Once you are done making these changes, your files will now be automatically saved in the all compatible .doc format.