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?

DOC files have multiple uses, and Microsoft Word Document is one of them.

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 5 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
WordPerfectWordPerfectVerified
AbiWordAbiWordVerified

Last updated: June 19, 2022

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, and we would love to hear from you if you have information about either of them.

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

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.

DoxillionDoxillionUser submitted
Hancom Office HanwordHancom Office HanwordUser submitted
Kingsoft OfficeKingsoft OfficeUser submitted
OpenOffice.org WriterOpenOffice.org WriterUser submitted
WPS OfficeWPS OfficeUser submitted
TextMaker ViewerTextMaker ViewerUser submitted
TextMakerTextMakerUser submitted
StarOffice WriterStarOffice WriterUser submitted
eType ApplicationeType ApplicationUser submitted
ThinkFree OfficeThinkFree OfficeUser submitted