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.doc File Extension

Developer: Microsoft Corporation
File type: Microsoft Word Document
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .doc. Files with the file extension .doc can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .doc files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .doc file?

The DOC file extension is related to Microsoft Word and released by Microsoft Corporation in its Word version of 1997 to 2003. Microsoft Word program is a word processor that is included in Microsoft Office Suite. This file extension is in the binary file format and is basically composed of frameworks and records that focus on text, page formatting, graphs, charts, tables, images and other documents whose content is created and edited. Contents of these documents using Word can also be printed in various sizes and is capable of being displayed on different devices provided the operating system can read DOC files. The Binary format of Word file starts with the file Information block which is the node of all file data. The Links in this Information block allows an application to seek objects and texts in the file which in turn computes for the properties of the given objects.

how to open a .doc file?

Launch a .doc file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .doc file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .doc files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .doc file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .doc file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .doc file association errors

applications that open a .doc file

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is a word processor program that is packed in the Microsoft Office Suite. It is developed by Microsoft Corporation, generating a .doc file extension when the file is saved. A document file format (.doc) is a text or binary file format for saving documents on a storage media, mainly for computer use, like typing text, charts, tables, page formatting, graphs, images and other documents whose content is created and edited. Contents of these documents are printable in any sizes and are capable to open in other devices provided that its operating system is able to read DOC files. This .doc file extension has become extensive de facto standard for office documents, but it is an owned format and is not always totally supported by other word processors. A variety of programs that is able to open this type of file, and different operating systems and have installed programs that can open a 1ST file are: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Notepad, Microsoft Word, IBM Lotus WordPro, and Corel WordPerfect.
Microsoft Write

Microsoft Write

Microsoft Write (MS Write) software is a word processing application, created for earlier versions of Microsoft Windows, and has a new counterpart word processing program, the Microsoft WordPad, which is bundled with later versions of Microsoft Windows. It uses files with .wri extension as output files that are generated by the software. These files are word documents and MS Write can develop its visual presentation with the use of .wri documents where users are able to format and make layouts. Early versions of Microsoft Works application as a word processing software can be utilized to open and view the contents of .wri format. Other applications that are able to open and view .wri files are Corel WordPerfect Office X6 and some word and text editors for Microsoft Windows based system, such as Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft Notepad, and Planamesa NeoOffice application or the so called Microsoft Word 2011 in the Mac version.
Microsoft Works

Microsoft Works

Microsoft Works is incorporated package software that was developed by Microsoft. It is less expensive, smaller, and has fewer features than Microsoft Office or other office suites. Its central functionality includes a word processor, a spreadsheet and a database management system. Newer versions have a calendar application and a dictionary while older versions included a terminal emulator. Files with WPS extension is utilized for output files of the Microsoft Works word processing application. These files are classified as text documents that can be created, saved, viewed and edited using the Microsoft Works program. Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft Publisher 2010, Planamesa NeoOffice, and OxygenOffice Professional are some of the applications that are able to open and view the content of these WPS files. The contents of these WPS files can also be exported to other compatible word document formats. This promotes convenience and efficient document presentation, group collaboration and sharing between users of different systems and word processing applications; however, WPS document cannot be applied with macros and other formatting options available in Microsoft Word; so Microsoft discontinued support and development of the Microsoft Works application with its version 9 and the release of Microsoft Word 2010.
Microsoft Office Word Viewer

Microsoft Office Word Viewer

Microsoft Word Viewer is a separate freeware program for Microsoft Windows that lets users (who do not own Microsoft Word), view and prints documents that were made in Microsoft Office. Microsoft Word Viewer is not available for sale but it can be downloaded from the Microsoft website for free. In order to check over viewed documents it is required to copy the text to the clipboard and paste into an alternative editor. According to the terms of the Microsoft Word Viewer 2003 license agreement, the software may be installed and used to view and screen print documents made with Microsoft Office software. It may not be used for any other purpose. Supported file formats in Microsoft Word Viewer are: doc, docx, docm, dot, rtf, wri, txt, htm, html, mht, mhtml, XML, wpd, and wps. For viewing Office Open XML text documents (docx, docm), the "Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats" must be installed.
Microsoft Word 2010

Microsoft Word 2010

Microsoft Word 2010 is a tool being used for word processing which is a part of the Microsoft office 2010 which was developed by Microsoft. It has improved features which aim to help its users in creating documents of skilled-quality and at the same time providing its user easier ways to access files. It was specifically designed with premium formatting tools which aid in the organization and writing of documents in an easier manner. Microsoft Word 2010 offers it users a wide variety of new and enhanced tools. It has customizable themes which aim to coordinate fonts, graphic formats as well as colours in a document. It has a wide variety of SmartArt graphics which includes several layouts in order to organize picture diagrams as well as charts. It offers an enhanced version of Find tools as well as Navigation Pane which makes it easier to search, reorganize and browse documents.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .doc files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .doc. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.


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