DOT File - opening and understanding

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

What is a DOT file?

A .DOT file is a Microsoft Word Template file. The .dot file extension is used to store document templates by older versions of the Microsoft Word word processing application.

Microsoft Word, which is part of the Microsoft Office application suite, allows users to create a variety of documents. The DOT files that are created by Word contain pre-formatted settings. This file format allows a user to create a template with specified margins, headers, fonts, and page styles and apply the template style across multiple Word documents.

DOT files are commonly used in company letterheads and standardized forms. Some DOT templates are included with the Microsoft Word application, but users can create their own customized templates according to their own word processing needs. Newer versions of Microsoft Word use template files with the .dotx file extension.

How to open DOT 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 DOT for different purposes. We have identified 5 DOT openers for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of DOT file.

Programs that open these files

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Suggest another file format using extension DOT

While we know of one file format using the .DOT 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 .DOT file.