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The Fast Saves feature in Word 2003 no longer functions after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3

Support for Office 2003 has ended

Microsoft ended support for Office 2003 on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

You install Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3). When you work with a document in Microsoft Office Word 2003, the Fast Saves feature no longer functions.
This behavior occurs because the functionality of the Fast Saves feature is disabled when you install Office 2003 SP3.

The Allow fast saves check box still exists in the Save options in Word 2003. However, the functionality of the option has been disabled.

To view the Save options, click Options on the Tools menu, and then click the Save tab.
The Fast Saves feature speeds up the saving of a document by saving only the changes that are made to the document. Additionally, documents that are saved when the Fast Saves feature is enabled may contain content that you may not want to share with other people when you distribute the document electronically. This information is known as metadata. Metadata is used for a variety of purposes to improve the editing, the viewing, the filing, and the retrieval of Office files.

Because of the design of the Fast Saves feature, text or comments that you delete from a document may remain in the document even after you save the document. Therefore, Microsoft has disabled the functionality of the Fast Saves feature in Office 2003 SP3 to increase the security of Word 2003 documents.

For more information about metadata and about how you can minimize metadata in your Word documents, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
825576 How to minimize metadata in Word 2003
For more information about how to obtain the latest Office 2003 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
870924 How to obtain the latest service pack for Office 2003
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Article ID: 938808 - Last Review: 09/18/2011 14:08:00 - Revision: 2.0

Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3

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