How to PERMANENTLY have Word 2007 save in Word 2003 format (so everyone can read it!)
 With the advent of Microsoft Word 2007, Word now saves files in a new format, .docx

To permanently change this so Word automatically saves in .doc format (everyone can read this) follow the steps below:

  1. Open Microsoft Word 2007
  2. Click the “Office Button” (top left of your screen), then on the bottom of the list click “Word Options”

3. The “Word Options” window will open. Now click on “Save” in the left panel

4. Change the top option (in the right panel) “save files in this format” from “Word Document (*.docx)” to “Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc)“

5. Click “OK” and you’re all done!