How to Tell What Word Version Created a Document

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Microsoft Word is a popular word processing software that is now a part of the Microsoft Office. For Windows, Microsoft Word was released in 1989. Since this first release, eight versions of Microsoft Word have been developed, with Word 2007 being the latest one (as of July 2009). Microsoft Word is backward compatible, meaning a newer version can handle older-version documents. However, an older Word version may not open documents created with subsequent software releases. Therefore, it is important to know which Word version has created a particular document.

  • Click "Start" at the left-lower corner of your screen.

  • Click "Computer" to open Windows Explorer and browse to the folder that contains the DOC file.

  • Right-click on the DOC file and choose "Properties" from the pop-up menu.

  • Select the tab "Details" in Windows Vista. In Windows XP, select the tab "Summary" and then click on "Advanced."

  • Scroll down the list of properties and find the line "Program name" (Windows Vista) or "Application name" (Windows XP) in the section "Origin." The word version is given in this line. For example, "Program name Microsoft Word for Windows 95."

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