The File Extensions Database


.DOC File Extension

What is an .DOC file?

.DOC is Microsoft Word Document

A DOC file is a word processing document created by Microsoft Word, or another word processing program, such as OpenOffice Writer or Apple Pages. It may contain formatted text, images, tables, graphs, charts, page formatting, and print settings.

DOC file open in Microsoft Word 2016

DOC files are used to create a variety of documents including letters, resumes, essays, and invitations. When you create a document in Word you can choose to save it in the DOC file format. The program then creates a DOC file to store the contents of the document, which can be closed and opened again for further editing. When you are done editing your DOC file you can print it or save it as another file such as .PDF or .DOT.

The DOC file was designated as Microsoft Word's primary format in 1983. DOC files were saved in the same format up until Word 97 when another version of the binary format was introduced and used by Microsoft Word 97 to 2003. In 2006, the DOC file format was replaced by the .DOCX file format with the release of Microsoft Word 2007. DOCX files store documents in the OpenXML format.

Word is the most popular word processing application in the world. It comes with every edition of the Microsoft Office suite and is used in home, academic, and business environments.

Common DOC Filenames

Document1.doc - The default filename that Microsoft Word gives to new documents prior to Word 2007 (Word 2007 uses Document1.docx by default).

Programs that open Microsoft Word Document
Windows
File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Word 2016
Corel WordPerfect X9
Apache OpenOffice
Kingsoft Writer
SoftMaker Office
LibreOffice
Microsoft Wordpad
Mac
Microsoft Word 2016
Apple Pages
Apache OpenOffice
Planamesa NeoOffice
LibreOffice
Linux
Apache OpenOffice
LibreOffice
iOS
Microsoft Word
Apple Pages
Infraware Polaris Office
Google Drive
MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro
Android
Microsoft Word
SoftMaker Office: TextMaker Mobile
Kingsoft WPS Office for Android
Infraware Polaris Office
Google Drive
MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro
Web
Google Drive
File Type 2 WordPad Document
Developer by: Microsoft Category: Text Files

Text document created with Microsoft WordPad (bundled with Microsoft Windows)

Programs that open WordPad Document
Windows
Microsoft WordPad
Mac
Microsoft Word 2016

How to solve problems with DOC files

  • Associate the DOC file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any DOC file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.DOC files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the DOC file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .DOC is Microsoft Word Document. Because only the current version supports the latest DOC file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Microsoft manufacturer website after an available .DOC is Microsoft Word Document update.
  • To make sure that your DOC file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.
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