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Saving Word and Excel 2007 Documents

By default, Microsoft Office 2007 uses the Office Open XML file format to save your files. Word documents are saved with the .docx file extension while Excel documents are saved with the .xlsx file extension. If you plan on sending Office 2007 documents to others, you will want to make sure they also have Office 2007 or Office 2000\XP\2003 plus the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack. The compatibility pack will allow older Office version users to open your documents.

Another option is to save your Office 2007 documents with the old .doc and .xls file extensions. You can choose these extensions each time you save a document using the Save As option. You can also configure Word and Excel to default to the older file extensions.

To configure Word 2007 to default to the .doc extension, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open Word 2007
  2. Click the Office button (the round button at the upper-left)
  3. Click Word Options
  4. Click Save
  5. In the Save files in this format dropdown box, select Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc)
  6. Click OK

To configure Excel 2007 to default to the .xls extension, follow these steps:

  1. Open Excel 2007
  2. Click the Office button
  3. Click Excel Options
  4. Click Save
  5. In the Save files in this format dropdown box, select Excel 97-2003 Workbook (*xls)
  6. Click OK

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