Some companies or institutions have specific requirements for the types of files that they will accept, so you may need to know if Word 2013 can save as a .doc file. Fortunately it is possible to save as that file type in Word 2013 by making some simple changes using the Save As option when you are ready to save the file.
The .doc file type was the default save format in some earlier versions of Microsoft Word, but Microsoft Word 2013 has switched to the .docx file type. Earlier versions of Microsoft Word have difficulty with this file type unless a compatibility update is installed, so some places will require that you use the .doc file type instead of .docx. This is possible in Word 2013 by following the steps below.
How to Save as .doc in Word 2013
Note that Word 2013 will save as .docx by default unless you actively change the file type while saving the file. You have some other file types that you can save as, too, including PDF. This can be helpful if you need to save a document that you do not want someone to be able to accidentally edit if they open it in Word.
Step 1: Open your document in Word 2013.
Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.
Step 3: Click Save As in the column at the left side of the window.
Step 4: Select the location to which you want to save your file.
Step 5: Click the drop-down menu to the right of Save as type, then click the Word 97-2003 option.
Step 6: Click the Save button at the bottom-right corner of the window.
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