DOC File

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?

DOC files have multiple uses, and Microsoft Word Document is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

Microsoft Word Document

Files with the .doc extension are document files that have been created by Microsoft Word. The .doc format is one of the most popular formats for computer-created word-processing documents. These files can contain text, pictures, graphs, and charts.

While the 2007 and later versions of Microsoft Word currently save documents with the .docx extension, earlier versions of the software save documents with a .doc extension.

Although later versions of Word do save documents with the .docx format as a default, these programs can also save and open documents with the .doc file extension.

Other software applications use DOC files for other purposes, and Microsoft Word cannot open these files. You will find a list of them below. If you are unsure which type of file you have come across, use our File Analyzer to find out exactly what type of file yours is.

How to open DOC files

We have identified five DOC openers that are compatible with this specific type of DOC file.

Programs that open Microsoft Word Document files

Bitberry File OpenerBitberry File OpenerVerified
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeVerified
Microsoft WordMicrosoft WordVerified

Last updated: January 16, 2023

More file formats using the DOC extension

Through our research of DOC files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • 1ST Word Plus Document
  • Better Working Eight-In-One Document
  • Beyond Words Composer Document
  • Dac-Easy Word Document
  • DeScribe Document
  • DeskMate Document
  • Dynamic Publisher Document
  • Ease Word-Pro Document
  • Excellence! Document
  • First Choice Document
  • IBM DisplayWrite Document
  • LocoScript Document
  • Lotus Manuscript Document
  • Lotus Works Document
  • Mini Office Document
  • Norton Textra Writer Document
  • Open Access III Document
  • PageSetter Document
  • PerfectOffice Document
  • PPC Organiser Document
  • Q And A Document
  • Quill Document
  • Scribble! Document
  • Smart Software Document
  • The Office Publisher Document
  • Varsity Scripsit Document
  • WordStar Document

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.

Kingsoft OfficeKingsoft OfficeVerified WriterUser submitted
WPS OfficeWPS OfficeUser submitted
TextMaker ViewerTextMaker ViewerUser submitted
TextMakerTextMakerUser submitted
StarOffice WriterStarOffice WriterUser submitted
eType ApplicationeType ApplicationUser submitted
ThinkFree OfficeThinkFree OfficeUser submitted BaseUser submitted

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