How come headers in a 2003 Microsoft Word document look different in Word 2007?

by on January 7, 2010

Q: I create a document in MS Word 2003 that contains headers when someone in the office that is running MS Word 2007 opens it only the first line of the headers appear. How do I make them appear in the 2007 document?


5 Responses to “How come headers in a 2003 Microsoft Word document look different in Word 2007?”
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    Have you tried creating the document in 2007 as a word 2003 document and then from there seeing if it will open in both correctly?

     
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    No I did not try to create it in 2007, I did try to save it as a 2007 but that did not allow me to view the entire header.
    I actually have about 80 Word 2003 docs that must be viewed in both versions. So I really do not want to recreate them.

     
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      Is it the same thing in each header that is not working?

       
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    Yes the headers are identical they are set up in a 2 column 2 row table.

     
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      Well unfortunately the problem is not with something you are doing but how newer versions of Word interpret the word documents. So the only way you can fix it is by trial and error. I would suggest trying to make it 3 rows if only the 1st row is showing and see if that helps fix it. If not then try combining everything into a single row. It is obviously not ideal but it is really the only solution if you want to try and be compatible with multiple versions of Word.