Opening DOTX files

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

What is a DOTX 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 that were released prior to 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 a user to use the same layout and format for multiple Word documents without designing each one from scratch.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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