Advice with Word

posted
06-Jun-16, 17:02
Avatar for Tudor_Queen
posted about 4 years ago
Hello,
Does anyone have any advice about saving in Word and opening document using another Word version (eg. when I send drafts to supervisors). It seems that figures are in the wrong place, disappear altogether etc. V stressful. Don't want to convert to PDF. Any advice?
Cheers
posted
06-Jun-16, 17:47
Avatar for TreeofLife
posted about 4 years ago
Yep... don't do it.

I only did my work on university computer because of those exact problems.

Basically, stick to one version of Word (e.g. 2013) for thesis editing.
posted
06-Jun-16, 20:04
edited about 4 minutes later
Avatar for Tudor_Queen
posted about 4 years ago
Arg... it's just too hard! I need to do a lot of editing at home. Guess I could do the work and then edit it at uni. Just won't work when I'm less organised... ! Microsoft is useless! I might give Open Office a whack and see what happens when I open that in my various versions of Word.
posted
07-Jun-16, 09:48
edited about 29 minutes later
Avatar for TreeofLife
posted about 4 years ago
Or is there any way you can upgrade/downgrade Word versions at home so you are using the same one as uni?
posted
07-Jun-16, 10:08
by Hugh
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posted about 4 years ago
I bought office 2013 for £50 as a student, there might be a discount somewhere. Or you could ask a family member or friend if they can share a licence?
posted
07-Jun-16, 10:20
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posted about 4 years ago
I got the same sort of deal as Hugh for Office 2013, and I think it's a rolling offer. I then discovered I could get it for free anyway via uni, so have installed it on various machines - might be worth checking if you can get it via your uni email? (I just clicked on a download link within my uni Outlook email window). I've used Open Office and it is compatible with the other programs, you just need to watch or you can end up with various file types floating around, and I found its functionality more basic than Word.
posted
07-Jun-16, 10:26
edited about 24 seconds later
by AOE26
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posted about 4 years ago
File, Save As.. and then select an older version of Word i.e. 2004.

Or convert to pdf when sending to someone else... but.. take my advice and get used to writing your Word doc with "show non printing characters" enabled. This will save you a ton of formatting head aches.
posted
07-Jun-16, 10:55
edited about 9 seconds later
Avatar for TreeofLife
posted about 4 years ago
Quote From AOE26:
File, Save As.. and then select an older version of Word i.e. 2004.


Would that convert back properly though, say the main computer used was running Word 2013, but occasionally you wanted to use Word 2010 at home, you would then have to be saving the work as Word 2010 all the time right?

I had a similar issue with PowerPoint, where I created something in version 2013, and then when I tried to run it in 2010, everything moved around. It's fine the other way though, if you create the presentation in 2010 and then run it in 2013.
posted
07-Jun-16, 11:03
by AOE26
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posted about 4 years ago
If you work in an older version then as it is saved is how it will appear on any version... but... you won't have all the functionality in older versions so best to test and see what it drops and see if you can live with it.

IMO .doc seems to work better between different versions than .docx
posted
07-Jun-16, 13:33
edited about 19 seconds later
Avatar for Tudor_Queen
posted about 4 years ago
OK. I was going back and forth between versions so I am not sure which transition was causing the problems. New to old, by the sounds of what some of you are saying.

I will play around with which format I save in and see what happens.

Upgrading is an option I strangely had not thought of!!!

Cheers

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