Paul writes:

My trial version of Microsoft Word 10 is expiring. Is there a way to convert these files into an earlier version, say Word 2003?

You’re in luck Paul, Word 2010 will allow you to save your documents in a variety of formats. Open the document you wish to save.

Select the File tab on the far left.

You’ll see this ribbon with a list of options for saving files.

Select Save As.

This window will open.

Just beneath File Name, you’ll see the option to Save as Type.

Choose the drop-down arrow to the far right.

You’ll see a list of options, including Word 97 -2003 document.

You’ll also see the option to save asĀ  Plain Text. That’s not a bad idea to have as a backup, since a text document will open in a variety of programs.

It’s helpful to be aware of the other options offered here, such as PDF and Works, which can come in handy if you’re sharing a document with someone who can only use certain formats.

~ Cynthia