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?

Files with the .doc extension are the digital document files that have been created by earlier versions of Microsoft word. 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.

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.

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 10 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.

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
DoxillionDoxillionUser submitted
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
Hancom Office HanwordHancom Office HanwordUser submitted
Kingsoft OfficeKingsoft OfficeUser submitted
WordPerfectWordPerfectUser submitted
Microsoft WordMicrosoft WordUser submitted WriterUser submitted
WPS OfficeWPS OfficeUser 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!