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How can I remove Compatibility Mode on DOCX files in Office 2013 x64?

I know 2 options:
- Convert command
- SaveAs command

The problem is that I have 40 000 DOCX files. 90% of them with Compatibility Mode.



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See Graham Mayor's batch file handling Add-Ins. The second one (process 4) may do what you need. Otherwise, you will probably have to create your own macro to be called by the Add-In.
If it does help, I would urge you to make a donation to Graham for all of the time he will have saved you.
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Old 01-29-2015, 05:19 AM
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I found that these add-ins are not working well with Office 2013 x64.
I'll wait for the updated versions.
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I found that these add-ins are not working well with Office 2013 x64.
I'll wait for the updated versions.
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If you say so. The second one in the list is showing 2013 screens in the web page. I haven't used it myself but have used Graham's products in the past with very good results.

I would recommend trying it (with copies) and see what happens.
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I tried on 2013 x64:
- Batch Process Documents with Include sub-folders = doesn't working;
- Convert Documents to DOCX = doesn't working, I receive an error.
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IIRC, Graham's converter is for converting .doc-format files to docx/m-format, not for removing compatibility mode from docx/m-format files. What is your issue with compatibility mode, anyway? What that means is that the documents are backwards-compatible with previous Word versions. Do you really need to change that for 40000 docx files (and mess up their system date/time stamps in the process)?
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1. I want to save to the latest format (with no Compatibility Mode) because Microsoft stated that:
"You can work in Compatibility Mode or you can convert your document to the Word 2013 file format."
"Converting your document lets you access the new and enhanced features in Word 2013."

2. I found a way to remove Compatibility Mode from docx files using Graham's converter.

3. I found a way to preserve date/time stamps in the process.

So, the main problem is using Graham's converter with 2013 x64.
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I gave you links to two converters with a suggestion that you use the second one, not the "converter" but the batch process with process 4. Is that the one giving you the problem?
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1. I want to save to the latest format (with no Compatibility Mode) because Microsoft stated that:
"You can work in Compatibility Mode or you can convert your document to the Word 2013 file format."
"Converting your document lets you access the new and enhanced features in Word 2013."
And do really need to do that for 40,000 existing files, the overwhelming majority of which you will probably never edit again or, if you do, you're unlikely to need access to "the new and enhanced features in Word 2013"? Does it matter to you that making the conversion could break some of those documents?
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I gave you links to two converters with a suggestion that you use the second one, not the "converter" but the batch process with process 4. Is that the one giving you the problem?
Yes. When using process 4 together with "Include sub-folders" I receive:
Run-time error '5825':
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The process was not intended for the 64 bit version of Office, which I don't have access to and thus cannot test those functions which are likely to cause conflict. Microsoft still recommends the 32 bit version for most users.

Frankly, like Paul, I wonder at the necessity to do this at all. Compatibility mode means simply that it was optimised for an earlier version of Word. Later versions can cope quite adequately with the earlier files.
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One of the reasons is that old files (doc or docx+Compatibility) opened in 2013 does not display at opening all content.

Example:
When you open BatchProcessDocuments Ver 2.4.dotm in 2013 x64 it displays in header:
- a black text (This template ... Enter)
- a red text (The various ... below)
- an image

After you save it in 2013, it displays more text after the image:
- red text (IMPORTANT ... pairs)
- black text (Enter ... ignored)
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I think the question is why you need to process these file at all. If the files when opened one-by-one in Word 2013 do not show up properly, no conversion process is going to help.

Word files are intended to produce documents, on paper. They will not be an accurate representation of that paper document unless opened in the same version of Word using the same operating system and printer driver. See What happens when I send my document to someone else? Will Word mess up my formatting?
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After you save it in 2013, it displays more text after the image:
- red text (IMPORTANT ... pairs)
- black text (Enter ... ignored)
Damn! I had missed that. I prepare all my add-ins for publication in Word 2013, and at some point I must have opened and saved it in Word 2010 before publishing and I had missed this anomaly. It shouldn't affect the use of the add-in, but it needs fixing (P.S. now fixed).

This issue however results from a Word 2013 document being opened and then saved as 2010. The 'missing' text is still present but not displayed in compatibility mode. It is hard to see how this would occur had the document been created in Word 2010 and then ported to 2013. Word is backward compatible. It is not forward compatible.
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I think the question is why you need to process these file at all. If the files when opened one-by-one in Word 2013 do not show up properly, no conversion process is going to help.
The conversion process in 2013 is fixing the files saved in 2010.
So, if the Graham Mayor's add-in will be x64 compatible, this will solve my problems:
- remove Compatibility Mode
- fix display of 2010 files in 2013

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