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    Converting .doc to .docx?

    Upgrading from Word 2003, now all my documents are a mixture of .doc and .docx files.
    Is there an easy way to convert all the .doc files to .docx.
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    Newer versions of Word will open either .doc or .docx files. There is no reason to convert .doc to .docx unless you are actually working with one of these files. Then simply save it in .docx format.

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    .doc to .docx

    Thanks for your reply.
    You are from the town where I was born. I really miss the east coast
    Anyway I appreciate your response. I did notice that both formats were available
    but when I saved a .docx file to a folder, the folder would not show the .doc files
    that were already there.
    I could reopen the file and see all the files (both extensions) but I like to be able
    to check at the time I am saving if there is a similar document to the one I am
    saving.
    Guess it is not a big deal.
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    The list of files shown in a SaveAs dialog is often filtered due to the 'save as type' option under the field where you type the new filename. When you choose to save as docx, the filter is set to show the folders + only the files which end .docx. If you change this filter to show all doc files (*.doc) then you will see those file types contained in that folder. Unfortunately, in that particular dialog it is not so simple to see both file types at the same time.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    .doc to .docx

    Hi Andrew
    Thanks for your explanation.
    I have used Word for many years and have gotten into a rut
    using just the features necessary to do what I want to write.
    There are most likely many features that would simplify my
    work but habit and familiarity keep me in the same rut.
    Thanks for your explanation.
    Erikson

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    It's actually more complex than even that - you can have three Word documents with the same name: one using doc; another using docx; and yet another using docm. Whichever save option you have active won't show the other files using what is ostensibly the same name. It's the same if you choose any other save formats too.
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    Paul Edstein
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    .doc to .docx

    Thanks Macropod
    I understand more about my question than I will ever need.
    I appreciate all the the members so willing to help.
    Thanks again.
    Erikson

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    As I understand it, you're wanting to batch convert your .doc to .docx files. There's a way to do it, but it's not exactly elegant.

    Here's the process: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ericwhite/ar...c-to-docx.aspx

    A quick summary:

    1. Download and install Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack. You have to install this even though you have Office 2007.

    2. Download and install Microsoft Office Migration Planning Manager (MOMPM).

    3. Edit the OFC.INI file in the MOMPM in the Tools directory and save it.

    4. Run OFC.EXE which is located in the same directory.

    According to the article above, this will batch convert all your .doc files to .docx -- if I were you, I'd try it on just a sampling of files copied into a test directory. Make sure the files are useable by opening them in Office. If you're happy, re-edit OFC.INI to use the real directory your files are saved to, and have at it.

    Of course, you know to BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP before you do anything...

    Personally, I'd just save each file as .docx as I used it. Or not upgrade to Office 2007 (still using 2003 and not gonna change it).
    Last edited by wobblerlorri; 2013-03-28 at 07:32.

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    Hi
    Thank you for your reply.
    I have previously decided to leave things as they are and change the extension as that paper is revisited, much like your last suggestion.
    That is a very interesting procedure you have outlined but it does lack a certain elegance.
    Thank you for the time you spent with this suggestion but I think I'll stick to Plan B.
    Erikson

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    If you do not have a specific need to use the .docx format, another alternative is to continue to use .doc as the default extension. You can change the default save format by pressing the Office button, choosing Word Options and choosing the Save category. The Save files in this format option has a drop down list to select the default format. This is helpful if you are sharing docs with others using Word 2003 or earlier.

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    doc vs. docx

    I took a different approach. When I bought a new Windows 7 computer, I installed Office 2010. I had previously used Office 2000 in Windows XP. Since I had so many doc files and wanted everything to be the same (as my old computer), I set the default file format to doc instead of docx. Now Word always saves files in doc format unless I choose otherwise. Maybe doc files aren't quite as compact as docx files and maybe there are some advanced features that aren't saved (in doc format), but I have not had any issues with this method.

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    GS, hello. >>> I had previously used Office 2000 in Windows XP <<<

    I am on W-8 now and I still use Office 2000 for all my needs. It ran good on my path from W98, ( yes ! ) via XP, Millenium, Vista, W-7 and now W-8. One MS guru was quoted as saying that their main competition on Office 03 was all the previous versions of Office. I agree. JP.

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    Word 2K vs later versions

    One feature that Word 2000 lacks is a good document comparison. Later versions, from 2003 on, do a far better job of showing you the differences between two documents.
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    There is another way to convert a .doc file to .docx.
    Open Word, go to file>>options >>save >> save files in this format[ ] pick the 1 of 15 formats.
    Open each file (allow it to open completely) then save it. It will save as your flavormat. now you will have both verify 2 before deleting 1.
    You could to prevent confusion load from folder A, save in B, verify, delete folder A and all files in it. I am sassuming you don't have thousands of files.
    If there are thousands burn a dvd then use DOS to convert or your other favorite file wrench.

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    Hi
    Thanks for your response. I never realized there were so many ways to "skin this cat".
    I appreciate your help.
    Erikson

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