// I supposed you are currently using Microsoft Office 2007, I am not a Microsoft fanboy but I used MS 2007 because we used it everywhere, especially at school. I would advise you to use OpenOffice which is totally free of charge and have almost the same features. OpenOffice is also an open source package, .
“OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages.” ~ From OpenOffice.org
Well, you have probably noted that MS 2007 is using a new extension, that is the .docx instead of .doc which was used by previous versions of Microsoft Office. The .docx file format is based on the Extensible Markup Language(XML). Apparently, the new format makes file sizes a bit smaller and makes it easier to move files between different applications. However, files with the new default format will not open with previous versions on MS.
To create a new MS Word Document, I usually right click on the desktop > New > Microsoft Office Word Document (it’s a bit like a shortcut), but the problem is that after installing MS 2007, the default format of the Word Document created using that method is in .docx which is a bit annoying.
In this post, I will show you how to add a new option for the old Microsoft Office Word 97-2003 Document in the context menu.
Go to Start > Run > Type “regedit” (without quotes), this will open the registry editor. Then browse the following path HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.doc\Word.Document.8\ShellNew
Now, right click on the right hand side of the explorer and create a new string value as shown in the picture below.
Name it “Nullfile“, then close the registry editor.
Go to the desktop, Refresh a few times and the new option “Microsoft Office Word 97-2003 Document” should appear in the context menu.
If you want to have more options (e.g for MS Excel and Powerpoint) in the context menu; just repeat the same steps with their specify paths.
Excel Path: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.xls\Excel.Sheet.8\ShellNew
Powerpoint Path: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.ppt\PowerPoint.Show.8\ShellNew
You can remove these options from the context menu but deleting the string value “Nullfile“. Another tweak for Microsoft Word 2007 is to save all you MS Word documents with the old format that is .doc (97-2003) by default.
Open Microsoft Word 2007 > Go to File (Office Logo) > Then chose “Word Options”
Click on Save(left hand side), then chose the require file format from the drop down list as shown in the picture below. Click OK and you are done.
I will try to update this post with new tweaks later on. Please be careful while playing the registry editor, I will not be responsible for the state of your system or consequences arising from it. Hope it helps.