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How do I save a document in compatibility mode?

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I have a 2003 excel file and just recently upgraded my office suite to 2007.  When I open a 2003 network shared file in 2007 and try to save it back to 2003 version, I get the following error:
"File <xxx> is currently in use.  Try again later."

I know that I'm the only one using the file, so it isn't being locked by another user.  I don't want to save it with the 2007 version because I still have clients that still use the 2003 format.

Any ideas on how to solve this problem?
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You just need to change the default file save format to .doc instead of .docx

Open the Option of word 2007, click on the save, then click on the "Word 97-2003 Document .doc" from drop down save file format. apply the changes. close the word, open with any file, it wont ask you to save as xml.. same thing you can apply with excel as well..

Hope this will help you..
Excel 2003 format = .xls
Excel 2007 format = .xlsx or .xlsm

So when u open a .xls file (2003 format) in Excel 2007 and try to save it, by default it gets saved in 2003 format itself... you dont have to explicitly save it using the 2003 format. Hence the exception, because you are trying to "SaveAs" the same file name (currently open) rather than "Save" onto itself.

In conclusion, if the file extension is .xls, whether you use Excel 2003 or Excel 2007 the saved file will be in Excel 2003 format.

... Enjoy!

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It was great advise and kept me informed.  I only wished that there was a solution to the problem.
gcastong - Thanks for the grade and points - Patrick