DOT File

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?

The .dot file extension is used by the Microsoft Word word processing application to store Word document templates.

Microsoft Word is one of the applications that is included in the Microsoft Office application suite. Word allows users to create a variety of word processing 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.

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.

Various DOT file openers, viewers, etc.

These apps are known to open certain types of DOT files. Remember, different programs may use DOT 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
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
Kingsoft OfficeKingsoft OfficeUser submitted
Microsoft WordMicrosoft WordUser submitted
OpenOffice.org WriterOpenOffice.org WriterUser submitted
WPS OfficeWPS OfficeUser submitted
TextMaker ViewerTextMaker ViewerUser submitted
StarOffice WriterStarOffice WriterUser submitted
TextMakerTextMakerUser submitted
ThinkFree OfficeThinkFree OfficeUser submitted
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