How to Update Older Word Documents in Word 2007

By Dan Gookin

Word 2007 easily updates documents created by older versions of Word. This ensures that certain features available to Word 2007 documents, such as Quick Styles and themes, become available to these files.

Opening a document in Microsoft Word.

1Locate an older Word document.

You can do this using the Open dialog box. Word is smart and displays older Word documents with special icons representing their versions.

2Choose the older Word document.

Take your pick among all those files . . . whew!

3Click Open.

The Word document opens and is displayed on the screen. And now, the secret.

The File menu in Microsoft Word.

4From the Office button, choose Convert.

The Convert command appears only when you open an older Word document, one that can be converted into the Word 2007 document format. A boring dialog box appears.

Confirmation box when converting a document in Word.

5Click OK.

The document is updated — but you’re not done yet.

6Save the document.

Now you’re done.