What is and How to Open a DOC File in Windows, MAC and online

Microsoft Word 97 to 2003 document file definition and 2 other types and linked programs information.

How to open DOC Files

Microsoft Word Document Type

The DOC file extension is associated with Microsoft Word. A powerful authoring program that gives you the ability to create and share documents by combining a comprehensive set of writing tools with the easy-to-use Microsoft Office Fluent user interface, which is part of Office.

The .doc files are used by Word for its document files. The .doc files are in the word binary format, which is a collection of records and structures that specify text, tables, fields, pictures, embedded XML markup, and other document content.

The content can be printed on pages of multiple sizes or displayed on a variety of devices. The Word Binary Format begins with a master record named the Information Block, which references all other data in the files. By following links from the Information Block, an application can locate all text and other objects in the files and compute the properties of those objects.

The latest versions of Microsoft Office use the Open XML format. And the Microsoft Word documents are saved with the .docx extension. Or, if they also have macros enable, the .docm extension.

  • Mime: application/msword
  • Mime: application/doc
  • Mime: appl/text
  • Mime: application/vnd.msword
  • Mime: application/vnd.ms-word
  • Mime: application/winword
  • Mime: application/word
  • Mime: application/x-msw6
  • Mime: application/x-msword

Programs that open it:

  • Microsoft Word,
  • Microsoft Office for Mac,
  • Office Mobile,
  • Works,
  • Word for Mac,
  • Corel WordPerfect,
  • OpenOffice.org,
  • Ashampoo Office,
  • OpenOffice.org Writer,
  • doPDF Free PDF Converter,
  • Convert DOC to PDF For Word,
  • All File to All Converter 3000,
  • docXConverter,
  • Free PDF Converter,
  • Advanced Word Repair,
  • Advanced Office Repair

Generic document files

The DOC extension belongs to many various applications for their document files such as SmatWare, Sprint, Total Word, Volkswriter, Wang IWP, WordMarc, or WordStar.

The most known  .doc documents are from Word.

Programs to open it:

  • WordPad,
  • Microsoft Write,
  • Ashampoo Office,
  • OpenOffice.org


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