Converting to Word 6.0 Format

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 12, 2014)

Todd wonders if it is possible to convert a Word document to the file format used for Word 6.0? The answer is that it is very easy, and there are two ways you can accomplish the task.

Both methods involve using the Save As dialog box. So, load the document you want to convert and then press F12. Word should display the Save As dialog box. Use the Save As Type drop-down list to select the format you want to use for the file. If you want to save the document in Word 6.0 format, choose "Word 6.0/95" from the list.

It is possible that the Word 6.0 format won't be listed in the Save As Type drop-down list. This may happen, for instance, if the file conversion filter for that version of Word was not specifically installed when Word was installed. It could also be because the conversion filter isn't provided with the version of Word you are using. (This is the case for Word 2013.)

Whatever the reason, you can always fall back on the second conversion method: Select the "Rich Text Format" file type in the Save As dialog box. This creates an RTF file that can be opened in the older version of Word with no problem. Once in Word 6.0, you can then save the file out into that version of Word's native document format.

One final option is to use an intermediary program such as Open Office to load the document and save it in the older format.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (7720) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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