Hi Computer Lady.
I’ve been enjoying your newsletter for some time now and have a question.
I have Word 2007 on my new Del laptop and Word 2003 on my Dell XPS 400 desktop.
Documents from the laptop will not print when I copy them to my desktop computer. How can I make them compatible?
Thank you, Harry
The problem you are having stems from the fact that Word 2007 saves files in a new, .docx format that the older, 2003 version cannot read.
Fortunately, there is a simple solution to your problem.
When you save a document on your laptop, follow these directions:
1. Click on the Office Orb in the upper left-hand corner of Word 2007.
2. In the menu, point to “Save As”. You will see a menu with 6 options.
3. Click on the option that says, “Word 97-2003 document”. This will save the file in the older .doc format.
If you want to save all your documents in the older format, you can change a setting in Word 2007 so that it will automatically save documents in the 2003 format. Here is how:
1. Open Microsoft Word 2007.
2. Click on the Office Orb in the upper left-hand corner of the window.
3. Click on “Word Options” at the bottom of the menu.
4. In the Word Options dialog box, click on “Save” in the left-hand column.
5. Under “Save documents” the first item says, “Save files in this format:”
6. Click on the drop down list, and click to select “Word 97-2003 Document(*.doc)”
7. Click the “OK” button at the bottom of the dialog box to save your changes and close the window.
After making this change, all you have to do is save your documents the normal way, and they will automatically be in the older, .doc format.