_DOC File Type

- The quick facts

What are _DOC files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a _DOC file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a _DOC file?

An _DOC file is saved in a file format that was developed by Microsoft for their MS Word program and Live Mail application. These _DOC files are classified as encrypted or encoded data files that may contain document data associated with the unencrypted versions of the DOC files. These _DOC files are normally created when users transmit .doc files through the MS Live Mail application, and recipients end up getting these _DOC files instead of the .doc versions of the MS Word documents.MS Word is a document processing program that's included in the MS Office suite of productivity tools and applications. Older versions of MS Word have support for DOC files, and some newer versions need add-ons so as to support DOC files.On the other hand, Live Mail is an email application from Microsoft. This tool implements encryption and encoding protocols when transmitting .doc files via the Internet.To open documents with the .doc extension, users must delete the underscore () from the file name of the document. Afterwards, MS Word that has support for DOC files can be used to open and edit the content of these documents.

How to open _DOC files

Important: Different programs may use files with the _DOC file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your _DOC file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 4 different _DOC openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: December 15, 2021

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of _DOC files. Remember, different programs may use _DOC files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
Adobe AcrobatAdobe AcrobatUser submitted
OpenOffice.org BaseOpenOffice.org BaseUser submitted
OpenOffice.org WriterOpenOffice.org WriterUser submitted

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