Save documents as .doc files by default

If you frequently save Word documents in the old file format (.doc files), you can change the settings so that Word saves in that format every time.

  1. Go to File > Options.

  2. Click Save.

  3. Under Save documents, next to Save files in this format, choose Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc).

  4. Click OK.

Important: Formatting and layout that depend on features introduced after Word 2003 will not be available in the .doc file. For more information on possible differences, see Compatibility changes between versions.

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