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Word 2007 is saving my files as .docx- how do I stop that

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Word 2007 is saving my files as '.docx'- how do I stop that and convert them to '.doc'?

ChrisC :

Hi, my name is XXXXX XXXXX I'll be happy to help you today!

ChrisC :

By default documents are always saved as Docx in Word 2007 but that can be changed!

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Heres how:

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Open word

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Click the big Office button in the top left corner

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Click the "Word Options" button in this menu

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Click on the "Save" Tab

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Chane the drop down box labeled "Save files in this format" to "Word 97-2003 (*.doc)

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Hit ok

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That should be it

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Now all of your documents will default to .doc instead!

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Just let me know if you have any trouble with that!

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Otherwise please remember to rate my answer!

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(There should be an option to do so on your screen)

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Thanks!

Customer:

there is an option when I save-as that allows this manually (but I already followed your instructions), but now how do I check to verify ( I'm novice level)

ChrisC :

Just open up a new word document, type something into it, and then save it

ChrisC :

Then check the file to see what format it is in

Customer:

It doesn't show the extension

ChrisC :

Try right clikcing it and choosing properties

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Does it say in there?

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It should be under "Type of File"

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See it?

Customer:

no properties option

ChrisC :

When you right click the actual file?

ChrisC :

You are using Windows, right?

ChrisC :

What I mean is not open in Word, but instead browsing to where the file is saved and right clicking it

Customer:

ok yes windows

Customer:

let me try this again- it didn't save the file

ChrisC :

Ok Ill stand by. No worries!

Customer:

I couldn't find it, but it saved without question, so it's somewhere. on the screen, the file name also says 'compatibility mode'

Customer:

I'll try another file

ChrisC :

Ok do this

ChrisC :

When you go to save as, try selecting your desktop as the location to save too. Then you will know for sure where it is.

Customer:

ok

Customer:

desktop took me to the save library I was at

ChrisC :

Can you elaborate?

Customer:

but I noticed it was highlighted on 'disc c' at the first save

ChrisC :

ok do this

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Go to start and click computer

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then click the c drive

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do you see the documents in here?

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If not try clikcing "documents" on the left in this Window

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What about in there

ChrisC :

If that doesnt work, then save a new document called "test" and we will runa search for it

Customer:

saved as test- don't have in the file. So what now

ChrisC :

Ok what version of windows do you have?

Customer:

I don't know, but a geek friend says I can't buy anything not compatible with 64 bit system does that help?

ChrisC :

A little bit. Why dont you try this

ChrisC :

Go to the start menu and choose computer

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Then in the new window you will see a search bar at the top roght that says "Search Computer"

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In that bar type

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test.doc

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and hit enter

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See if it finds it

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Any luck?

Customer:

windows 7 got a lot of 'test.docxxxxx, but no just test.doc

Customer:

windows 7 I got a lot of test. docxxxxx , but no just test.doc

ChrisC :

Ok

ChrisC :

Lets taker a look at the setting again

ChrisC :

Open up this document and it has pictures and instructions on exactly where to go to change it

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Click here

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Follow those thoroughly and then lets test again

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Thanks!
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

It took you so long to acknowledge or reply, I felt you done. One remaining problem was how I could verify that they were being saved as '.doc'. It's so simple... When 'saving as' You get a final chance to save or not.. AT THAT POINT, CLICK ON THE FILE NAME. The file name will change to edit mode. DELETE ONE CHARACTER FROM THE FILE NAME. a second line will appear beneath the file name - COMPLETE WITH EXTENSION!!!!! Then all you have to do is replace the deleted character, and SAVE, because you know what the extension is.


All those files I saved WERE THERE, but because I had file mode set to 'WORD DOCUMENTS', they wouldn't show. WHEN I CHANGED TO 'ALL WORD DOCUMENTS' the files (joy to the world, test) were all there. I'm happy as a clam in mating season. Thank you for your EXCELLENT HELP, and encouragement to try things. May you be in the lap of God a week before the angel of death knows you're gone. Thanks also for getting back with me. eric


 

Great I am glad you were able to get it sorted it!
Also, I am sorry it appeared I dissapeared from chat. We must have been having a chat issue because I was actually there right up until the time you rated me. I guess you just couldn't see my replies.

Nevertheless, have a great day!
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

You were excellent thanks a bunch.

I didn't find another place to rate you


But you tops

Thank You!