Changing “Save As” Defaults in Office 2007

By XeroCube | November 20, 2009

For those of you currently using Office 2007 in an office environment, you may have found yourself in the position where you have the latest version of Office and others around you still run with previous versions. Saving documents in the new Office 2007 format usually prevents those users from being able to access your documents. You can always do the “Save as” routine of converting the document to Office 2003, but I sometimes forget to do that. If you want to make this the default behavior of Office 2007, you can do the following:

  1. Click on the round “Office Button” at the top left of Word 2007 (or other Office applications).
  2. Then, at the lower right of the window that appears, click on “Word Options.”
  3. In the next screen that comes up, click on “Save” in the column at the left.
  4. In the panel that appears at the right, you’ll notice an option called “Save Files in this format,” with a drop-down list of choices next to it.
  5. Display the list of choices by clicking on the arrow and select “Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc)”.
  6. Click OK at the bottom of the window.

You should now be set up to always save documents in the 2003 format.

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