Is it possible to save a 2010 docx in "compatibility mode" for 2007.

I am specifically thinking of the 2010 wordart and shape features, which don't exist in 2007, so although the document will open correctly, any nice formatting etc. does not display correctly.

It would be nice if this could be identified BEFORE saving it?


Yes, from within Word 2010, click

File -> Options and then navigate to Advanced in the left menu

Scroll down to the bottom, you have Compatibility Options for: and under this, you can Lay out the document as if created for

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Please also note you can expand the Layout options as well for more control.

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  • Just tried and it doesn't work: Create a new "square" shape and apply some nice shadow and reflection formatting and add some text. Save it (with the options above set to 2007) and then open in Word 2007...formatting is all over the place because 2007 doesn't support the fancy formatting options - but 2010 still saves them? – BlueChippy Dec 24 '12 at 9:23
  • What happens if you create a brand new document, first thing is set it up as 2007, then try and create this effect - Does this help or not (I'm not able to test it myself). – Dave Dec 24 '12 at 9:26
  • Same...pastes across with formatting still in place (from 2010+2010 to 2010+2007). Copying from 2010+2010 to 2007 loses the formatting on paste. – BlueChippy Dec 24 '12 at 9:30
  • It wouldn't be a problem if it was simple to tell what was a 2007 or a 2010 feature...guess stick to the most basic styles and I should be ok. – BlueChippy Dec 24 '12 at 9:31
  • Did you expand the Layout options as per my post? In there is an option to layout auto shapes the way Word 97 does. – Dave Dec 24 '12 at 9:35

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