Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Creating a Document Clone.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 2, 2013)
There may be times when you want to make a copy of a Word document, without affecting the original document at all. Word provides an easy way to do this; simply follow these steps if you are using Word 2007 or Word 2010:
If you are using Word 2013, follow these steps instead:
The document that is opened use the same file name, but Word attaches some sort of prefix to the file name, such as "Copy of" or "Copy (1)". Thus, if the original document you selected in step 2 is named "My Document.docx," what Word creates is a document named "Copy of My Document.docx" or "Copy (1)My Document.docx." If you want to rename the file, you will need to either use the Save As command or rename the document after closing it.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (7841) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Creating a Document Clone.
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