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Document Versions with multiple document types

    Question

  • Is it possible to  add a new version of a document that has a different file extention? for example, adding a .docx to a file that was previously a .doc.

    thank you

    Thursday, November 21, 2013 5:30 PM

Answers

  • In short: No. It's a protected field in SharePoint, even through the API you can't get at the extension. I can think of a few hacks to try to pretend that you've maintained the history but nothing that would pass an audit.
    Thursday, November 21, 2013 7:06 PM
  • only if you rename the file first.

    Scott Brickey
    MCTS, MCPD, MCITP
    www.sbrickey.com

    Thursday, November 21, 2013 7:09 PM
  • Hi ,

    As Alex said , straight away answer in no. At the same time no hack or changing the file name will work.By changing the file name during edit it will create the another version of the same document , however it will store the metadata for previous document.

    *Please remember to mark your question as answered & Vote helpful,if this solves/helps your problem.* 

    Regards,

    Jayant


    jayant prabhakar

    Thursday, November 21, 2013 7:21 PM
  • Docx is a better standard, it's more efficient in terms of size, allows multiple authoring and handles metadata better. On the other hand it'll keep working for as long as MS support it. There's other niche bits in there that you'd also miss out on sticking with the 2003 format.


    Why do you think you need to change the extension?

    Thursday, November 21, 2013 11:25 PM

All replies

  • In short: No. It's a protected field in SharePoint, even through the API you can't get at the extension. I can think of a few hacks to try to pretend that you've maintained the history but nothing that would pass an audit.
    Thursday, November 21, 2013 7:06 PM
  • only if you rename the file first.

    Scott Brickey
    MCTS, MCPD, MCITP
    www.sbrickey.com

    Thursday, November 21, 2013 7:09 PM
  • Hi ,

    As Alex said , straight away answer in no. At the same time no hack or changing the file name will work.By changing the file name during edit it will create the another version of the same document , however it will store the metadata for previous document.

    *Please remember to mark your question as answered & Vote helpful,if this solves/helps your problem.* 

    Regards,

    Jayant


    jayant prabhakar

    Thursday, November 21, 2013 7:21 PM
  • is there any benefit to converting from doc to docx in sharepoint? or why would that be necessary?
    Thursday, November 21, 2013 9:00 PM
  • Docx is a better standard, it's more efficient in terms of size, allows multiple authoring and handles metadata better. On the other hand it'll keep working for as long as MS support it. There's other niche bits in there that you'd also miss out on sticking with the 2003 format.


    Why do you think you need to change the extension?

    Thursday, November 21, 2013 11:25 PM