I don’t know about you, but I still have friends I send documents to that still use Windows XP and Office 2003 (believe it or not). Although XP and Office 2003 will get the job done in most cases, every time I send them a document from Word 2010, they can’t open it because by default both Word 2010 and Word 2007 save files in docx format.
Although the new docx file format from Office 2010 is far superior to the legacy doc format, in this tip I’ll show you how to make the legacy format the default when saving documents.
Of course, you can always go to File in the ribbon, hit Save As, and select the Word 97-2003 format.
But if, like me, you want to make the option permanent, here’s how to do it (it’s quite easy). First, go to File in the top ribbon, then select Options on the menu on the left, just like I did below.
In the window that comes up, go to Save >> Save files in this format and select Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc). Now hit ok.
That’s it! Now Word 2010 will save in the old doc format.