DOTX File - opening and understanding

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

What is a DOTX file?

A .DOTX file is a Microsoft Word Template file. Files that contain the .dotx file extension are Microsoft Word template files. These files are created by versions of Word that were released in 2007 and later. Versions of Word released before 2007 save these templates with the .dot file extension rather than .dotx.

Microsoft Word is a word processing application. The .dotx files that are created within the application contain default layouts and settings for a Microsoft document. DOTX templates may also include macros, AutoText, and toolbar settings. These templates allow users to use the same layout and format for multiple Word documents without designing each one from scratch.

How to open DOTX 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 DOTX for different purposes. We have identified 4 DOTX openers for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of DOTX file.

Programs that open these files

Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeVerified
Microsoft WordMicrosoft WordVerified
Free File ViewerFree File ViewerVerified
TextMakerTextMakerVerified
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Suggest another file format using extension DOTX

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