Saturday, September 27, 2008

Microsoft Word quick tip #1

Recently I downloaded the trial version Microsoft Office 2007 which I do like so far. I figured what better way to test was to do a short school assignment. Which I did with no problem. I had to go to a different computer (using Open office and/or Word 2000) to print it out. Unfortunately being new to the program(Word 2007) I didn't realize it now saves it (by default) in a new format called .docx instead of the previous .doc . I was a bit frustrated and had to cut and paste it into another program to print it out because I was under a time constraint(I guess that's my fault for waiting until the last minute, but anyway).

I've since found that there are some work arounds for this. One is that you can download a compatibility pack for previous versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint which you can download here.

A second method is to turn on Compatibility Mode in Word 2007. To do that you open Word first before creating a new document.
Click on the Office Symbol in the top left corner.

When the drop down menu comes up select "save as Word 97-2003 document". After which you'll be prompted to name the file and save it. This will disable some of the new features that are incompatible to previous versions of Word.For more info you can visit here at the Office website.

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