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Old Nov 24, 2011, 06:49 AM   #1
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Best format to save word doc in for easy compatability

I am going to be editing a document in work, sharing it with others who will edit and add comments etc. What is the best format for me to save it in so that there will be no compatability issues? they are using the latest version of word on a pc I am using ms word for mac 2011
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Old Nov 24, 2011, 06:56 AM   #2
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I am going to be editing a document in work, sharing it with others who will edit and add comments etc. What is the best format for me to save it in so that there will be no compatability issues? they are using the latest version of word on a pc I am using ms word for mac 2011
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"I am going to be editing a document in work, sharing it with others who will edit and add comments etc. What is the best format for me to save it in so that there will be no compatability issues?"

I'm thinking, "rich text format with graphics".

Just about any word processor (and most basic "text editors") can read/write that.

Just be sure to let those with whom you are sharing the document(s) that they should "save it back to" rtf as well...
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Since you said you are all using Word/Office. Why not just use the standard Word format (.doc or .docx) ? That should work. I migrated from Win to Mac, and am using Office on both systems. I can trade docs at will and have not found any issues yet.
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PDF format.
Useless if others are going to edit the file!
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Thanks weynep. Is there any difference between .doc and docx?
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I believe that .docX is the format for post Word '08. I use Word '04, but Microsoft offers a free utility on Mactopia to convert straight .doc files to .docX.

One difference (I think) in .docX is embedded HTML links to web pages. And possibly some formatting stuff.
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Thanks weynep. Is there any difference between .doc and docx?
I believe Microsoft is using XML in the docx format.
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