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    Changing Saving as to97-2003 via Registry entries (2007)

    Hi,

    The company where I work is at Office XP. Some business units are at 2007. Now they want to change their defalut save as formats to 97-2003.

    I found a posting out the web for a registry entry (see below) that causes a dialog box to be displayed when saving as. The dialog allows you to then choose another dialog box in order to save as 97-2003 (pick it on the drop down). If I'm understanding the boxes correctly.

    However, when I go into Excel, Options and change the SAve as to 97-2003; it then seems to directly default to 97-2003 (ie one least dialog box and the file format is at 97-2003. I'm guessing the business areas will want this one.

    Am I understanding thetwo behaviors correctly?

    Is there a registry entry that will give the second scenario?

    I haven't been able to find much on this on the Microsost site.

    All suggestions, refereences to documentation appreciated!

    Thank you,

    Jimmy





    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice12.0WordOp tions
    In the right panel, right-click and choose New - DWord. Replace New Value #1 with CompatMode
    Double-click CompatMode, and replace the 0 with a 1.

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    Re: Changing Saving as to97-2003 via Registry entries (2007)

    Go to the registry key

    HKEY_USERSDefaultUserSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftOffi ce12.0ExcelOptions

    Look for a DWord value named DefaultFormat and create it if it doesn't exist. Set its value to 38 (hex) or 56 (decimal)

    If you want to do the same for Word, go to

    HKEY_USERSDefaultUserSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftOffi ce12.0WordOptions

    Look for a String value named DefaultFormat and create it if it doesn't exist. Set its value to doc

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    Re: Changing Saving as to97-2003 via Registry entries (2007)

    Hi Hans,

    Thanks for the suggestion.

    I could not find HKEY_USERSDefaultUserSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftOffi ce12.0ExcelOptions

    But did find HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoft|Office12.0WordO ptions. I could create a new DWORD but it wouldn't take doc. Seems to only allow hex or decimal values.

    What am I missing?

    This seems like what I need.

    Thanks.

    PS this in Win Xp Professional SP2 in case I didn't mention it.


    Jimmy

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    Re: Changing Saving as to97-2003 via Registry entries (2007)

    The key for WORD should be a STRING value not DWORD. If you use Group Policies see Using Group Policy to set default file save options.

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    Re: Changing Saving as to97-2003 via Registry entries (2007)

    Sorry, the keys should have been

    HKEY_USERSDefaultUserSoftwareMicrosoftOffice12.0Ex celOptions

    and

    HKEY_USERSDefaultUserSoftwareMicrosoftOffice12.0Wo rdOptions

    As I wrote in my previous reply, you must create a DWord entry with value 38 hex = 56 decimal for Excel and a String entry with value doc for Word

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    Re: Changing Saving as to97-2003 via Registry entries (2007)

    Thanks Hans.

    I missed that about the String.

    I'll try it next week. I'm feeling better about this.

    Thanks again.

    Jimmy

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    Re: Changing Saving as to97-2003 via Registry entries (2007)

    Thanks Joe.

    I'll ask about Group Policy. I did find mention of is on the Microsoft Office 2007 installation pages.

    Jimmy

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