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How Do I Save a Microsoft® Word Document as an Earlier Version

January 11, 2012  |  Difficulty: Easy

How to to save Microsoft® Word files to be compatible with earlier versions.

Every popular and successful software continuously releases newer versions, typically every year in the case of well-known applications. When Microsoft® releases a package of the office suite, they provide regular updates so they do not need to release one every year. When a major overhaul of the Microsoft Office® Suite occurs in which it is newer, modified, extended, and with a more modern GUI (which includes the Microsoft® Word text editor), the changes are not only made to the program but also involve file type and format changes. This is because the new document formats are developed in the same way as the functionality of the application. However, problems may occur when exchanging documents written in older versions of an application. In the steps below, you can learn how to save Microsoft® Word files to be compatible with earlier versions.  

Instructions:

  1. Start the Microsoft® Word 2010 application.
  2. Open the file in which you want to “resave,” or create a new document.
  3. Click on the “File” tab in the main navigation bar.
  4. Choose “Save As” or “Save” for a newly created document.
  5. Write the name of the document in the “File name” box.
  6. From the “Save as type” dropdown, choose the desired version (usually the “Word 97-2003 Document [*.doc]” version).
  7. Click the “Save” button to save in an earlier version of Microsoft® Word.

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