Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Chapter 7: Inside Word 2010
information about file formats and compatibility between versions, see “Which File
Formats Does Office 2010 Support?” on page 76.
You enter Compatibility Mode automatically whenever you open a document that you
saved with compatibility features maintained, or when you open a document created
in an earlier Word version. In Compatibility Mode, you’re likely to notice some changes
other than the title bar notice:
Some features are unavailable. (For example, in the Font group on the Home
tab, Text Effects is unavailable. And in the Illustrations group on the Insert tab,
Screenshot is unavailable.)
Other features are noticeably different in their implementation. (For example, if
you select a picture and then click the Format tab under Picture Tools, the Adjust
group contains different options than you see when a file is not in Compatibility
Mode, and the Picture Styles group is replaced with less-capable Shadow Effects
and Border groups.)
You might see some artifacts that Compatibility Mode doesn’t fully address, such
as minor layout changes.
Disabling these features in Compatibility Mode ensures that you won’t incorporate
elements in your document that can’t be properly rendered when the document is
opened in an earlier Word version. If you don’t plan to use a document in the old Word
version again, it’s easy to upgrade the current document to pure Word 2010 format.
Click File, and on the Info tab, click Convert.
If, on the other hand, you need to share a document with someone using an older
version, be sure to use a compatible format. When you save a document in Compatibility
Mode, it maintains its original format. To convert a Word 2010 document (such as a
 
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