.DOC File Extension

A .DOC file is a Microsoft Word Document (Legacy), created by Microsoft.

Open with Microsoft Word 365. Available for Linux, Windows, and Mac.

What is a .DOC file?

A .DOC file is a type of document that is primarily created and used in Microsoft Word, which is a popular word processing software. This file format was widely used in older versions of Microsoft Word (before the introduction of the .DOCX format with Microsoft Word 2007). A .DOC file can include a variety of elements such as text that is formatted (using different fonts and styles), images, tables, graphs, and charts. It also supports various page formatting options and print settings which help in creating professional-looking documents.

To open a .DOC file, you can use several programs across different platforms:

  1. Windows:
    • Microsoft Word 365: A part of the Microsoft Office suite, offering extensive features for document creation and editing.
    • Apache OpenOffice Writer: A free, open-source office suite that supports .DOC files.
    • LibreOffice Writer: Another free, open-source office suite similar to Apache OpenOffice.
    • Kingsoft WPS Office: A free and premium office suite that is compatible with Microsoft Office formats.
    • Corel WordPerfect 2021: A paid program that provides robust word processing capabilities.
    • SoftMaker Office: A commercial office suite that supports many Microsoft formats.
    • File Viewer Plus: A versatile file viewer that can open over 300 file types including .DOC.
    • Microsoft WordPad: A basic text-editing program included with Windows that can open .DOC files, though with limited formatting features.
  2. Mac OS:
    • Microsoft Word 365
    • Apple Pages: Included with macOS, it can open and edit .DOC files.
    • Planamesa NeoOffice: A Mac-specific branch of the OpenOffice suite.
  3. 3. Web-based:
    • Google Docs: Accessible via Google Drive, it allows you to view and edit .DOC files directly in your web browser.
    • Microsoft Office Online: Offers the ability to open, edit, and save .DOC files through a web browser.
  4. Mobile Devices:
    • On iOS and Android devices, apps like Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and various office suite apps like MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro, Kingsoft WPS Office, and Infraware Polaris Office can be used to open and edit .DOC files.
    • These apps are available through their respective app stores and often offer both free and premium versions.
  5. 5. Chrome OS:
    • Google Docs: Integrated


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