How to Remove the Compatibility Mode in Word 2007

By Lily Medina

Word 2003 and previous versions used the .doc extension, the standard file format for Microsoft Word documents. With the release of Microsoft Word 2007, Microsoft introduced a new file format, .docx. This new extension enables the more complex features offered by Word 2007 and Word 2010. If you open a .doc document in Word 2007 or 2010, Word will open the document in compatibility mode, which prohibits the use of Word's newer advanced formatting options. To remove compatibility mode, you can convert the .doc into a .docx file, enabling the full array of Word functions.

Step 1

Open the document that you want to view in regular Word 2007 mode, not compatibility mode.

Step 2

Click the round Microsoft Office button in the upper left corner of the program. On the drop-down menu, click the "Convert" option.

Step 3

Click "OK" on the dialog box that pops up, informing you that you are converting the document to the Word 2007 format.

Step 4

Press "Ctrl" and "S" on your keyboard, at the same time, to save the document in its new mode.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some elements of formatting and layout could change when you convert the document from compatibility mode to the new .docx file format.