TIP: Saving in Word Format

We require legislation to be submitted in Microsoft Word format. This is because we need to be able to edit the legislation before publication (thus, no PDF) and because we use a script to automate assembly of the docket that was designed to work with Word documents. (Additionally, Word is available not just for PCs and Macs, but for Linux boxes, Chromebooks, and tablets through Office Online and assorted apps.)

For whatever reason, you may not have Word. In the past, that might have been a problem, but now you can edit our templates in any modern word processor of your choice, including Google Docs. However, you still have to save the finished product in Microsoft Word (.docx) format. To do this, look in the following places on your word processor:

  1. Check the File menu for an ExportDownload As, or Save As command with a Word format option.
  2. If there isn’t a Save As with a Word option, try it anyway. There may be a choice of file formats in the save dialog box.
  3. In Pages for iCloud, click the wrench icon, then click Download a Copy; Word will be one of the format options in the dialog box that appears.
  4. If all else fails, transfer your work to Google Docs, and use File > Download as > Microsoft Word (.docx). Then consider using Google Docs instead of whatever you were using, because it’s amazing.

Good luck and happy drafting!