Office 2007 - Making Documents Compatible with Earlier Versions of Office

This document will explain how to make your Office 2007 documents compatible with earlier versions of Office.


Microsoft Office 2007 saves files in a different format than in previous versions of Office. For example, in previous versions of Word, documents, by default, were saved with the .doc extension. Now, Word 2007, by default, saves documents with the .docx extension. This extension is unreadable by versions of Word other than Word 2007. The procedure to make a 2007 document compatible with earlier versions of Office is as follows.


Note: Not all Office applications have this setup exactly, however, they are very similar.