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Why Does My Microsoft Word Document Display Differently on Different Computers?

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I have a document which was created in Word and has 226 pages. When I send it to a client who is using a later version of Word, it looks totally different and has over 330 pages. How can I send the client the document without it changing? Also, they wanted a pdf version, which looks nothing like the Word document. How can I get the Word document to look like the pdf?

Word documents were never intended to do what you’re doing. They were never meant to distribute documents to others for reading.

Your client is on the right track: that’s exactly what PDF is for.

In a nutshell: it’s all about the printer.

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Footnotes & references

PDF icon By Mimooh – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30409947

Why can’t I get software on CDs or DVDs?

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I bought a new HP desktop, which now comes in 64-bit. I also have all kinds of CDs with software from the old PC (a 32-bit machine) which is now outdated and does not work properly in the new 64-bit unit anymore, specifically, Word and Excel. Talking to the computer shop here, they’re telling me that all newer software now comes only as a download where they sell you an activation code and you then go download the software yourself. I don’t like this system at all. I would like to have this software on CD. They also mentioned that Microsoft could sell you a CD for the software. Now I tried their website for this but I got stuck and got nowhere.

It’s true that the world is most definitely turning towards more and more online delivery. Many software packages have been online or ‘download only’ for quite a while. As of late, manufacturers are beginning to assume that we all have super fast Internet connections, and thus are making even large packages online only.

At first blush, that would appear to be the case for Office 2013, but there may be some options.

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Why does Word tell me a document has changed when it hasn’t?

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Hey Leo, what can I do, when I close out of an existing saved Word document, to stop the “Do you want to save changes to your document?” window from coming up every time, even when I haven’t made changes or touched a thing?

Microsoft Word asks if you want to save changes if you try to close or exit with a document open that Word thinks has changed.

Chances Word is correct, and it has changed. Even if all you did was look.

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Why do the changes I’ve made to a document that was emailed to me disappear?

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Why do the changes I’ve made to a document that was emailed to me disappear?

Naturally there are a lot of ways that things can go wrong and disappear, but dealing with documents that have been emailed to you as an attachment adds another small layer of complexity.

You may think you’re just editing a document, but you’re also editing the email that it came in. And that’s where things can get confusing.

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How Do I Turn Off Automatic Formatting in Microsoft Word?

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How do I turn off automatic formatting in Microsoft Word?

Microsoft Word tries to correct common typing mistakes and also tries to guess the kind of formatting you want based on what you’re typing. While both of these activities look like automatic formatting, Word looks at them several different ways. Fortunately the options are gathered together though they’re on a menu item that’s typically hidden.

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