Tech tips: How to open document create by old word version in Word 2013

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When you open a document in Microsoft Word 2013 that was created in an earlier version of Word, Compatibility Mode is turned on, and you see Compatibility Mode in the title bar of the document window.

Compatibility Mode makes sure that no new or enhanced features in Word 2013 are available while you work with a document, so that people using earlier versions of Word will have full editing capabilities. Compatibility Mode also preserves the layout of the document.

Document modes and compatibility

When you open a document in Word 2013, it’s in one of these modes:

  • Word 2013
  • Word 2010 Compatibility Mode
  • Word 2007 Compatibility Mode
  • Word 97-2003 Compatibility Mode

To determine which mode the document is in, check the document title bar. If [Compatibility Mode] appears after the file name, the document is in Word 2007 Compatibility Mode, Word 2010 Compatibility Mode, or Word 97-2003 Compatibility Mode. To determine which, do the following:

  1. Click File.
  2. Click Info.
  3. In the Inspect Document section, click Check for Issues, and then click Check Compatibility.
  4. Click Select versions to show.

A check mark appears next to the name of the mode that the document is in.

If the title bar does not display [Compatibility Mode], you’re in Word 2013 mode and all features are available.

Feature availability in each mode

FEATURE97-2003200720102013
Apps for OfficeRed XRed XRed XGreen check
Web videoRed XRed XRed XGreen check
New numbering formatsRed XRed XGreen checkGreen check
New shapes and text boxesRed XRed XGreen checkGreen check
Text effectsRed XRed XGreen checkGreen check
Alternative text on tablesRed XRed XGreen checkGreen check
OpenType featuresRed XRed XGreen checkGreen check
Blocking authorsRed XRed XGreen checkGreen check
New WordArt effectsRed XRed XGreen checkGreen check
New content controlsRed XRed XGreen checkGreen check
Word 2007 Content controlsRed XGreen checkGreen checkGreen check
ThemesRed XGreen checkGreen checkGreen check
Major/minor fontsRed XGreen checkGreen checkGreen check
Tracked movesRed XGreen checkGreen checkGreen check
Margin tabsRed XGreen checkGreen checkGreen check
SmartArt graphicsRed XGreen checkGreen checkGreen check
Office 2007 chartsRed XGreen checkGreen checkGreen check
Open XML Embedded objectsRed XGreen checkGreen checkGreen check
Building blocksRed XGreen checkGreen checkGreen check
Bibliography and citationsRed XGreen checkGreen checkGreen check
EquationsRed XGreen checkGreen checkGreen check
Relative text boxesRed XGreen checkGreen checkGreen check
Custom XMLRed XGreen checkGreen checkGreen check
Previous-version WordArtGreen checkGreen checkRed XRed X
Previous-version diagramsGreen checkRed XRed XRed X
Previous-version chartsGreen checkRed XRed XRed X

Convert a document to the Word 2013 mode

You can work in Compatibility Mode or you can convert your document to the Word 2013 file format. The Word Convert command clears the compatibility options so that the document layout appears as it would if it had been created in Word 2013. If the file is in .doc format, the Convert command also upgrades the file to the .docx format.

Converting your document lets you access the new and enhanced features in Word 2013. However, people who are using earlier versions of Word might be prevented from or have difficulty editing certain portions of the document that were created by using new or enhanced features in Word 2013.

1. Click the File tab.

2. Do one of the following:

  • To convert the document without saving a copy, click Info, and then click Convert.
  • To create a new copy of the document in Word 2013 mode, click Save As and then choose the location and the folder where you want to save the new copy. Type a new name for the document in the File name box, and click Word Document in the Save as type list. Make sure the checkbox next to Maintain compatibility with previous versions of Word is unchecked.
Via Microsoft

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