What is word?

Word is a word processing program developed by Microsoft. Its primary function is to enable the user to create written documents directly on the computer. The documents can be printed or saved as a .doc or .docx file; where .doc and .docx are the default file extensions of Microsoft Word.

The program opens a blank document when the New option is clicked by the user from the File menu. When the Open option is clicked, the user selects the saved Word document to be opened from their corresponding folder. The saved document can be opened for reading/viewing, or for editing.

The latest version of the software enables the user to prepare the document for distribution. This feature can be accessed from the File menu, under the Prepare option. Available options under Prepare include document encryption, setting parameters for permission to view/edit the document through the Restrict Permission option, adding a digital signature to authenticate/validate the document, and marking the document as final so these can be distributed as Read-Only files. Properties (title, author or keywords) of the document can also be viewed, and document inspection is also provided under the Prepare option to allow the user to see if there are hidden metadata on the document.

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File types supported by word

Our users primarily use word to open these file types:

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