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  • I've opened a document in MS Word, and it says it's opened in "compatibility mode", and it won't allow me to copy text. How do I fix this?
    Sunday, June 3, 2012 6:47 PM

Answers

  • On 2012-06-03 21:01 (GMT+1), Hans Vogelaar [MVP] wrote:

    Compatibility mode means that the document has been created in/for an earlier version of Word than the one you're using. That doesn't explain why you can't copy text, however. Perhaps the document has been protected? To check this, activate the Review tab of the ribbon or the Developer tab of the ribbon and click to highlight Restrict Editing. This will activate the Restrict Formatting and Editing task pane. Does this contain a button "Stop Protection"? If so, the document has been protected. You can click "Stop Protection", but if you're prompted for a password, you're out of luck.


    Regards, Hans Vogelaar



    Note that any protection selected in the Restrict Formatting and Editing task pane can be easily circumvented: Create a new, blank document. Display the Insert File dialog box (Insert tab | Object | Text from File), locate the protected document, select it, and click the Insert button.

    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP
    • Marked as answer by Jaynet Zhang Wednesday, June 6, 2012 1:18 AM
    Sunday, June 3, 2012 10:35 PM

All replies

  • Compatibility mode means that the document has been created in/for an earlier version of Word than the one you're using. That doesn't explain why you can't copy text, however. Perhaps the document has been protected? To check this, activate the Review tab of the ribbon or the Developer tab of the ribbon and click to highlight Restrict Editing. This will activate the Restrict Formatting and Editing task pane. Does this contain a button "Stop Protection"? If so, the document has been protected. You can click "Stop Protection", but if you're prompted for a password, you're out of luck.


    Regards, Hans Vogelaar

    Sunday, June 3, 2012 7:01 PM
  • On 2012-06-03 21:01 (GMT+1), Hans Vogelaar [MVP] wrote:

    Compatibility mode means that the document has been created in/for an earlier version of Word than the one you're using. That doesn't explain why you can't copy text, however. Perhaps the document has been protected? To check this, activate the Review tab of the ribbon or the Developer tab of the ribbon and click to highlight Restrict Editing. This will activate the Restrict Formatting and Editing task pane. Does this contain a button "Stop Protection"? If so, the document has been protected. You can click "Stop Protection", but if you're prompted for a password, you're out of luck.


    Regards, Hans Vogelaar



    Note that any protection selected in the Restrict Formatting and Editing task pane can be easily circumvented: Create a new, blank document. Display the Insert File dialog box (Insert tab | Object | Text from File), locate the protected document, select it, and click the Insert button.

    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP
    • Marked as answer by Jaynet Zhang Wednesday, June 6, 2012 1:18 AM
    Sunday, June 3, 2012 10:35 PM
  • Good point, thanks!

    Regards, Hans Vogelaar

    Sunday, June 3, 2012 10:45 PM