The Technix Update blog has a handy little tip on how to change the default save format from the dreaded DOCX to the Word 2003 standard of DOC.

In case the blog gets swamped or the tip disappears, here are the steps in a nutshell:

  1. Open Microsoft Word, and click the Office icon at the top left.
  2. Click the Word options.
  3. Select Save in the left pane, then select Word 97-2003 documents from the drop down list.
  4. Click OK.

If you have a DOCX document that you want to convert to a DOC, try one of these web services for free:

or you can download the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats.