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How do I convert back to new file format from compatibility mode?

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try the "save as" menu – ratchet freak Sep 1 '11 at 19:23
It is a simple question, yes, but unless it is a duplicate, it is still valid. Just becuase you may already know this answer does not mean it is not constructive for those who don't. – music2myear Sep 1 '11 at 19:41

Use the "Save As..." option, either in the quick access toolbar or in the File section and make sure to set the "Save As" type to "Word Document (*.docx)".

Selecting "Word 97-2003 document" as the file type will leave the file in the older format requiring compatibility mode.

Changing default "Save As" type:

If you want to change the default file save as type in Word 2007/2010 (this will only affect newly created documents, not ones that have already been created and saved and are only being edited currenctly):

In the File section, open Options. In the Save section, set "Save files in this format" to the desired default format.

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Shortcut key for Save As ... dialog - F12 – Nicu Zecheru Sep 1 '11 at 20:21

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