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Saving .docx as .doc

To students and faculty:

We in Information Technology recommend saving Macintosh or Windows Word documents in .doc format to ensure maximum compatibility when exchanging files such as uploading assignments to ANGEL drop boxes. See steps below on how to save files in these "legacy" formats using Word 2007 or Word 2008. To automatically save files in the .doc format refer to the sections Setting Default Save ... If you have Word 2003 or Word 2004, go to the section Converting .docx documents to .doc.

Saving Word .docx Documents as .doc

Windows: Saving Word 2007 or 2010 Documents as Word 2003
  • After you have created your document in Word 2007, click the large Office button.
  • Choose Save As > Word 97-2003 Document.
  • Type the name of your document (e.g. Tom Sawyer Paper) in the File name box.
  • Verify that the type is Word 97-2003 Document.
  • Click the Save button.

Windows: Setting Default Save to Word 97-2003 Document

  • Click the Save button in the left sidebar.
  • To the right of Save files in this format choose Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc).
  • Click the OK button. Each time you save a Word document the default save will now be .doc format.
Macintosh: Saving Word 2008 Documents as Word 2004
  • After you have created your document in Word 2008, choose File > Save As.
  • In the Format box choose Word 97-2004 Document (.doc).
  • Click the Save button.
  • In the Save As box type the name of your paper. Attention! Make sure that the .doc extension is not removed.

Macintosh: Setting Default Save to Word 97-2004 Document
  • Start Microsoft Word 2008 and choose Word >Preferences.
  • Under Output and Sharing click the Save icon.
  • To the right of Save Word files as choose Word 97-2004 Document (.doc)
  • Click the OK button. Each time you save a Word document the default save will now be .doc format.

Converting .docx to .doc (Windows or Macintosh)

Install Microsoft Conversion Software

If you run Office 2003 (Windows) or Office 2004 on your personal computer, then you can open .docx documents. Here is what to do:
Online Conversion

Go to http://zamzar.com and follow the instructions to upload and convert your .docx document. Your .doc file will be e-mailed to you. Caveat! Although conversion usually proceeds quickly, you there may be wait times up to one hour.