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Convert Docx To Doc

.docx is the extension for Microsoft Word 2013 documents. In fact, the .docx extension was first introduced when Word 2007 was released, so Word 2007, Word 2010 and Word 2013 use it. The .doc extension, on the other hand, is used by versions of Word that came before 2007. Every new release of Word brings us new features that don’t exist in the last version. This means that .docx documents may contain features not supported by versions of Word prior to 2007.

One way of getting round this problem is to convert docx to doc. If you convert your docx documents to doc, then you know that everyone who opens them will be able to see the full glory of your content.

Docx Converter

If you are the author of a .docx document, then you must already have Word 2007, Word 2010 or Word 2013. This makes the conversion task much easier, as those versions of Word can do the conversion to doc for you. For ease of illustration, let’s look at how you do this in Word 2013. Open your docx document in Word 2013 and then click the File tab > Save As . For this example, let’s just save the document to our computer, so ensure that Computer is selected, and click browse.

Word Save As

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When the Save As window opens, make your way down to the “Save as type” selector and choose Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc).

Select Doc

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To avoid confusion, I would keep the new file name the same. It will be much easier to understand if you have two documents with the same name but different file extensions than two differently named documents. In the case of our documents, they are obviously the same document, but in different formats. Find an appropriate location on your hard drive and click Save. Again, I would keep things simple and save your new doc document in the same place as your original docx document.

You now have two documents, one with a .docx extension, and the other with a .doc extension.

Open A Word 2013 Document In An Earlier Version Of Word

To open up a Word 2013 document in Word 2010 or Word 2007, you just do what you would ordinarily do: double click on the document, right click and select open, or open the document from inside Word itself by pressing ctrl + o and navigating to it. Word 2013 documents all have the .docx extension, which was introduced with Word 2007.

To open a Word 2013 document with versions of Word prior to 2007 (this means Microsoft Word 2003, Word 2002, or Word 2000), you will need the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack. With the Compatibility Pack, you can open, change some items, and save .docx and .docm files documents in earlier versions of Word. Some parts of the document might work differently in those versions, though.

Although you can open Word 2013 documents in earlier versions of Word, you might not be able to change some items that were created by using the new or enhanced features in Word 2013. For example, equations will become images that can’t be edited. Here’s a list of features that work differently when they’re opened in an earlier version of Word.

Word 2013 How Word 2010 Deals With It How Word 2007 Deals With It How Word 97-2003 Deals With It
Apps for Office The app does’t run, but will be available when the document is upgraded in Word 2013. The app does’t run, but will be available when the document is upgraded in Word 2013. The app is permanently removed from the document.
Web Video The video is replaced with a picture and a hyperlink to the web video. The video is replaced with a picture and a hyperlink to the web video. The video is replaced with a picture and a hyperlink to the web video.
Comment replies and comments marked as “done” Comment replies become top-level individual comments, and all comments marked as “done” will appear as regular comments. If the comments are not changed, the original state will be restored when the document is upgraded in Word 2013. Comment replies become top-level individual comments, and all comments marked as “done” will appear as regular comments. If the comments are not changed, the original state will be restored when the document is upgraded in Word 2013. Comment replies become top-level individual comments, and all comments marked as “done” are reset.
Headings that are collapsed by default Headings are expanded by default and the property is permanently removed. Headings are expanded by default and the property is permanently removed. Headings are expanded by default and the property is permanently removed.
The new numbering formats like Uppercase Turkish (Latin) {A, B, C, Ç, D, …}, etc. The same Lists using the new numbering formats are converted to Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, 4, …) etc. Lists using the new numbering formats are converted to Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, 4, …) etc.
New shape and text box effects The same Shapes and text boxes are converted to effects that are available in Word 2010 format. If the shape isn’t changed, it will be restored when the document is upgraded in Word 2013. Shapes and text boxes are converted to effects that are available in Word 2010 format. If the shape isn’t changed, it will be restored when the document is upgraded in Word 2013.
Text effects like shadow, reflection, glow, and 3-D The same Effects on text are permanently removed unless the effects are applied by using a custom style. If they are applied by using the style, the text effects will appear again when the document is reopened in Word 2013. Effects on text are removed.
Alternative text on tables The same Tables lose the alternative-text. Tables lose the alternative-text.
OpenType features like ligatures, stylistic sets, number forms, and contextual alternates The same All OpenType features in use are removed. All OpenType features in use are removed.
Blocking authors The same Blocks applied to regions of the document are removed. Blocks applied to regions of the document are removed.
New WordArt effects like Text Outline and Text Shadow The same New effects in use are removed. New effects in use are removed.
Content controls Repeating section content controls are converted to static text; XML mappings on rich text content controls are removed. Repeating section content controls are converted to static text; XML mappings on rich text content controls are removed. All content controls are converted to static text.
Themes The same The same Themes are converted to styles. If the file is later opened in Word 2013, you cannot automatically change the style by using themes. All theme information is lost.
Major/minor fonts The same The same Permanently converted to static formatting. If the file is later opened in Word 2013, heading and body fonts won’t automatically change if you use a different style.
Tracked moves The same The same Permanently converted to insertions and deletions.
Tabs The same The same Alignment tabs will be converted to traditional tabs.
SmartArt graphics The same The same SmartArt graphics become a single object that can’t be edited unless no changes are made and it is reopened in Word 2013.
Charts and diagrams The same The same Some charts and diagrams are converted to images that cannot be changed. Data beyond supported rows is lost.
Open XML Embedded objects The same The same Converted to static content.
Building blocks The same The same Building Blocks and AutoText entries may lose some information.
Bibliography The same The same Permanently converted to static text.
Citations The same The same Citations are permanently converted to static text.
Equations The same The same Equations become graphics and cannot be changed. Any comments, endnotes, or footnotes in the equations are permanently lost when the document is saved.
Relative text boxes (where the width and height set as a percentage of the page, margin, or column width and height) The same The same Permanently converted to absolute positioning.

In addition to the changes detailed above, the following features behave differently when you open a Word 2013 .docx or .docm file in Word 2000:

  • Macros and macro signatures are removed.
  • Mail merge data is lost and you will not be able to connect to data sources.
  • You will not be able to open password-protected files, even if you know the password.
Compatibility Mode - Convert

Word 2013 Compatibility Mode

When a new version of Word is released, it invariable has new features. These features, being new, are not available in previous releases of Word. That means if you create a document in Word 2013, for example, and use some of the new features not available in Word 2010, those new features won’t be seen by someone who opens your document with Word 2010.

Compatibility mode in Word 2013 is there to help prevent you using features that are not available to users of older versions of Word. For example, if in Word 2013 you open a document that was created in Word 2003 (that has the .doc extension), Word will display the text [Compatibility Mode] after the document’s title.

Compatibility Mode In The Title

This message tells you that all the features that are present in Word 2013 but not available in Word 2003 have been disabled. This prevents you from adding impressive new content that other readers might not be able to see.

If you want to make a change to a document created in a previous version of Word, and you know that everyone who might read the document is using the same version of Word as you, you may want to convert the document to make those attractive new features available. Click on the File tab to go to Backstage View, go to the Info tab and then click the Convert button.

Compatibility Mode - Convert

The warning message that is then displayed tells us that the conversion may cause some minor changes in the document’s layout and the file size may actually be reduced. Performing the conversion replaces the old .doc file with the new .docx file.