Setting Up Chronolator Documents
A note about Word versions and options
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The illustrations in this document were mostly taken in early 2020 using an Office 365 subscription with a typical set of user options; your own experience might be slightly different. Separate instructions are provided for each Word version if there are marked differences.

Chronolator documents are supplied in the docm format introduced with Word 2007. They can be opened in Word XP and 2003 if the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack is installed. They can be saved in the old doc format if need be.

Limited support for Word 2000

Word 2000 is no longer supported by Microsoft. Macros in docm files are not supported in Word 2000 even if the Compatibility Pack is installed. Word 2000 is therefore not suitable if you want to use the Chronolator Online Workbench.

If you are using Word 2000 and your administrator has sent you an Internal Chronology as a docm file, ask them to save and send you a doc version.

Word for Apple Mac

Chronolator is designed for and tested on Windows versions of Word. It will certainly not work with Word 2008 for Mac, as it does not include the Visual Basic for Applications programming environment used to run macros. It might run OK on other versions of Word for Mac, but it is not tested on them and support is not guaranteed.

How can I tell which version of Word I am using?

The simplest way is to look at the 'splash screen' Word displays while it starts, although this will not show any difference between Word 2013 and later versions.

Word XP

Word 2003

Word 2007

Word 2010

Word 2013 and later

If you are using Office 365, you can find the exact version by following the instructions at