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How to Open and Read MS Word 2007 and 2010 File in MS Word 2003



Microsoft Word 2007 and Word 2010 is an upgraded version of Microsoft Word 2003. Since it is upgraded version that's why you can not open a file which written in MS Word 2007. The main difference is extension of the file. In MS Word 2003 the extension is .doc and in MS Word 2007 it is " .docx ". If you want to open an MS Word 2007 and 2010 file in MS Word 2003 you have to change the extension to " .doc ". But it is only possible at the time of saving the file. To do so go to File and click on Save As and select Word 97-2003 Document option to save the file i.e., compatible to MS Word 2003.


If you want to set it permanently to save all your future files for MS Word 2003 compatible you have to change the default settings of MS Word 2007 and 2010. To do so you need to follow the steps below.

1. Click on Office Button


2. Click on Options Words




3. Click on Save 


4. Click on downward arrow and select Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc)


5. Click on OK


Your settings are saved and what ever you type in MS Word 2007 and 2010 all the files will be saved with (*.doc) extension. And in this way you can open and read .docx in Word 2003.



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