When upgrading to MS Word 2007 will I loose my custom macros?

Posted on 2008-06-21
Last Modified: 2008-07-02
I am going to upgrade from my MS Word 2003 to MS Word 2007 and am worried about my custom made macros.
Can you tell me if there will be any issues.  Do I need to export the macros first?  If so can you tell me how to export my macro's so I can import them back in MS Work 2007.

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If you are referring to the macro's you have saved within document files, these will be the same and should work just fine.

If you want to export your macro's, you need to open the VBA editor (alt + F11) whilst your document is open within word. Navigate to the module (on the left pane, inside the project window). Select the module you want to export, for example (Module1) and right click on it, selecting "Export File..." and save this in another location.

The main issue with compatibility is the 2007 documents saved in the new formats (.docx, instead of .dco) are not compatibile with 2003 and earlier versions, however, MOST (except really old file formats) are compatible with 2007 (your 97-2003 document files are all fine). So what you are going to probably want to do is set your new system (with office 2007) to default save into the .doc format (instead of .docx) if you share these files with others that do not have 2007.

To do this, once you have 2007 installed, is use the office button, go with Word Options - Save - and change the "Save files in this format" to Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc) and click ok.

Also - you can still keep your office 2003 installed (I have both office 2003 and office 2007 on my machines, laptop and desktop). I like a lot of new features in 2007, when using Word, but find that for excel, I like the 2003 version better.

See this question - where I have a link and brief instructions of how to fix the "error message" that pops up when you have 2 office suites installed.

Good luck, hope this helps!
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Here is the link - sorry, forgot to paste it:

and BTW - you can only have one version of outlook on your machine at a time, so I use Outlook 2007 and then have dual versions of all other programs (Excel 2003 and 2007, Word 2003 and 2007, etc) installed on tthe machine. I have never had to "be forced to use one or the other", but I use it to answer questions on here (because some are specific to one version) and because I like to use each for different tasks!


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Sorry for the delay - your answer was just what I needed.

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Great - Glad I could help out.

If you could please select the answer as the solution, that will close out this question and move it to the PAQ so other users of experts-exchange can search and utilize this solution as well.

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Thank you!
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No problem!


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