DOT File Type

- The quick facts

What are DOT files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a DOT 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 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

We have identified 5 DOT openers that are compatible with this specific type of DOT file.

Programs that open Microsoft Word Template files

Last updated: December 22, 2021

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