Saving Word Documents for use at Work/School

The Problem:
You have a shiny new computer, and you went out and purchased Microsoft Office 2007 or higher so you could type up your paper. But, those new Word files won’t work at school.
The Reason:
Microsoft changed their default document format from “.doc” to “.docx”. That makes it incompatible with older versions of Office (without a read-only converter). This has caused many headaches in the business/government/education world.
The Fix:
Do what the pros do: change the default file saving format in Word 2007.
Here’s how:

  1. Click the shiny gold Office button that’s located on the upper-left of the screen in Word 2007
  2. On the drop-down menu, go to the bottom and click the “Word Options” button.
  1. On the left side of the “Word Options” window, click “Save”
  2. Under the “Save documents” section, click on the drop-down box beside “Save files in this format”, then choose “Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc)”.
  3. Click the “OK’ button

Now all of your documents will be compatible with the rest of the world.
Note: This also works for Excel 2007 & PowerPoint 2007 or higher!