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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.

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.