Working with documents created in earlier versions of
In many offices users will encounter documents
created in earlier versions of Word. With Office 2007, understanding
how these files are treated is important.
Because Office 2007 has new
features and uses a new file format, the user is asked to indicate how
they prefer working with the document on opening.
created with earlier versions:
When a document created with an earlier version of Word
is opened, Word will automatically
switch to compatibility mode. As a result, all new features available in
Office 2007 are disabled. This allows the document to be viewed or
edited and continue to be shared with people who aren't using Word
2007. If 'previous version' compatibility
is no longer required, the document may be converted to the Office 2007
format on Save. Converting to the 2007 format allows
you to take full advantage of the new features in Word 2007, such as
document themes, SmartArt graphics, pull quotes, and smaller file size.
Converting a document to the 2007 format:
- Click the Microsoft Office Button
and then click Convert.
- In the Microsoft Office Word dialog box, click
- Do one of the following:
- To replace the original file with a file in the
Office Word 2007 file format, click the Microsoft
and then click Save.
- To save the original document in its original
file format and create another document in the Office Word 2007 file
format, click the Microsoft Office Button, click
Save As, and then type a new name for the file.