_DOC File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a _DOC file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your ._DOC 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

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension _DOC for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension _DOC

While we know of one file format using the ._DOC file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of ._DOC file.

Various viewers for this file format

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
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with _DOC-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with _DOC-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!