Word creates new documents in compatibility mode

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When creating new documents, Word always shows the compatibility mode on some devices. These tips can fix that.

You can recognize the problem by the fact that the term “Compatibility mode” is already in the title bar of the new document next to “Document1”. Converting to the latest version of the .docx file format is only possible via File/Save As possible. Word will display a box beginning with this text: «Your document will be updated to the latest file format. You can now use all the new features of Word, but there may be minor changes to the layout». Furthermore, you can Interrupt click to leave the document in the old file format (which is usually not what you want).

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It makes sense that Word would open some old documents in compatibility mode. This ensures that formatting and functions are preserved in files that were created in an older file format. But every now and then you come across a Word installation in which new documents are also persistently created in this mode. That should not be.

The cause

The cause lies in the standard template file Normal.dotx or Normal.dotm, which Word uses whenever you start Word or via File/New one Empty document create.

How the old file format ended up in your Normal.dotx/.dotm file is likely to remain a mystery in many cases. Maybe you imported the Normal.dotx from an old backup.

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There is a simple and a slightly more complicated solution.

The simpler «Solution 1» (see next page) use if you have not made any significant adjustments to your standard template and have not stored any macros in it.

To the «Solution 2» (page after next) grab it if you don’t want to lose the adjustments in your Normal.dotx or if it’s actually a Normal.dotm (with your macros).

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and «Solution 3» (last page) is for cases where, for whatever reason, solution 1 or 2 does not work.





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