File type: Microsoft Word Open XML Document
What is a DOCX File?
DOCX files were first used by Microsoft in the 2007 Microsoft Word program. It is a "Microsoft Word Open XML Format Document".
What makes DOCX really special is that you can use it for a variety of projects. These include; newsletters, flyers, resumes, reports, documentation and cover letters.
DOCX files do not only comprise of text, but they may also consist of a variety of objects, images, formats and styles. Another thing that makes DOCX files better than traditional DOC files is that they are much smaller in size.
They are also more compatible than DOC files.
To open a DOCX file using Microsoft Word, you need to use the 2007 version or higher. As mentioned earlier, you can make use of the Word Viewer to open DOCX files even if Microsoft Office is not installed on your PC system.
DOCX files can be opened and edited using any of;
- OpenOffice Writer and
- Kingsoft Writer.
Web-based Programs for opening and editing DOCX files
#1: Google Docs
You can also use Google Docs to open and edit DOCX files. The good thing is you do not need to download Google Docs as it is an online program. You only need to upload the DOCX file to your personal Google Drive account. This has to be done before you can use Google Doc to open and then edit the DOCX file.
#2: Microsoft Word Online
You can use Microsoft Word Online to open as well as edit a DOCX file when you are online. Microsoft offers this service and the overall appearance of the interface is similar to the standard Microsoft Word on a Windows OS PC. This Microsoft online service is also absolutely Free.
#3: Chrome Browser Extension
Another way to view and edit DOCX files is to use a Chrome browser extension by Google. This is also a free web-based program for opening and editing DOCX files. You can open them straight on your Chrome browser. What's more, you would not need to first download the DOCX file before you can view it on the Chrome browser. This helps if you want to first check the DOCX file before downloading it to your hard drive.
DOC and DOCX files have come to stay. They make it easy for you to share large documents in a variety of formats including PDF format.
By having large files compressed in a ZIP file, these documents can be sent via email to a number of recipients. Having any of the programs in this article would help you in opening and editing DOC files.
If you are on the internet, then you can use the free Chrome browser extension, Microsoft Word Online or Google Docs to access your DOC files.
- Microsoft Word 2007,
- Word 2000, XP, and 2003 with the Compatibility Pack installed,
- Panergy docXConverter,
- OxygenOffice Professional,
- OpenOffice.org with Odf-Converter,
- NativeWinds Docx2Rtf
- OxygenOffice Professional,
- OpenOffice.org with Odf-Converter
- Beginning with the Microsoft Office 2007,