How to Turn Off Compatibility Mode in Word

If Word opens your documents in Compatibility Mode instead of as a normal document, then follow these steps.

  1. Open a document in compatibility mode.
  2. Click the FILE tab.
  3. Click Convert.
  4. The [compatibility mode] message is gone – but the extension is still .DOC
  5. Click File, Save, and SAVE AS.
  6. The file extension is now DOCX.

Second approach

  1. Click File tab, Options, Save option, Save files in this format.
  2. Save as *.DOCX”

Third approach

If Word 2010 creates all NEW blank documents in Compatibility Mode, your Normal.dotm template is in Compatibility Mode.

To fix it, open the Normal.dotm file itself to convert it to Word 2010 format.

That means using the File > Open dialog instead of the File > New dialog.

There are two things you must do in that dialog:

  • Make sure the file type dropdown is set to either “All Files (*.*)” or “All Word Documents (*.docx;*.docm;*.dotx;*.dotm;….)” or “All Word Templates (*.dotx;*.dotm)”.
  • Find the folder that contains Normal.dotm.
  • In Windows 7 that’s usually C:\Users\<your name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates, but it’s different in Windows XP, and could be different if you’ve used the Options >Advanced > File Locations dialog to change the User Templates location.

Also, the AppData folder and everything under it is marked as Hidden by default, so you might not be able to see it if you try to navigate the folders.

  • Go to the address bar at the top of the Open dialog and type: %AppData%\Microsoft\Templates
  • Click Enter.
  • Once you locate Normal.dotm in the Open window.
  • Click it and click the Open button.
  • If the Word title bar now says “Normal.dotm [Compatibility Mode]”, click File and click the Convert button.
  • Save and close the file.

Future new blank documents will no longer be in Compatibility Mode

Fourth Approach 

  1. Delete the template.
  2. Restart Word 2010
  3. Word creates a new template.
  4. Click FILE, Options, Advanced.
  5. Scroll down to Compatibility options for and select All New Documents

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