Microsoft 365 Compatibility Mode

Issue/Question

Why is [Compatibility Mode] displayed after my document's name in the title bar?

Environment

  • Microsoft 365
    • Office 2007
    • Office 2010
    • Office 2013
    • Office 2016
    • Office 2019

Cause

The document you are viewing is saved as an older file type that is compatible with a previous version of Microsoft 365 compared to the version you are using.

Resolution

Converting the file to the latest format enables more features and makes the [Compatibility Mode] message disappear. Files may be converted to the latest format by following these steps:

  1. Open the file.
  2. Click File.
  3. Click Info.
  4. Click the Convert button.

 Note: If the file is converted to the latest format, it can no longer be opened in older versions of Microsoft 365.

Details

Article ID: 2376
Created
Sat 10/8/16 12:30 PM
Modified
Fri 7/9/21 12:35 PM