Problems with Word 2004 Compatibility Report

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  1. Lyle macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2003
    Madison, Alabama
    I'm having a minor problem with Microsoft Word 2004 and wanted to see if anyone has a solution.

    I open an older Word document (not sure which version it was created with) and it looks fine. However, when I go to Tools -> Compatibility Report and check the document, it reports:
    with the explanation text:
    OK. Most if not all of my co-workers are using very recent versions of Word, so I'd like to go ahead and fix this problem. So I open the Preferences dialog box, go to the Compatibility pane and modify the "Recommended options for:" dropdown box to use the "Microsoft Word 2000-2004 and X" option. Then I click OK.

    However, if I run the compatibility report again, it continues to report that "Word 6.0/95 compatibility options are set." It appears that my setting change in the Preferences dialog box doesn't stick.

    Any suggestions? Is this something worth worrying about?
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    No. I have used Word since 1989 when it was Word 3.0. I have gone through 4.0, 5.0, 5.1, 98, v.X, and now 2004. Word 2004 is the first to sport the Compatibility Checker. For 15 years, I got along just fine without it. For two years now, I have yet to find a useful purpose for the Checker. The Word user needs to understand that he/she should go carefully through each received file line-by-line to ensure proper formatting. Word-compatibility is an oxymoron.

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