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DOCX File Extension

DOCX file extension is created by Microsoft, also known as Microsoft Word Open XML Document. DOCX has been classified as Common File Types. This file is saved during a zipped format. you will view the contents by unzipping it with a file decompression program. You can open DOCX files in Microsoft Word program.

Microsoft Word Open XML Document File Type

Microsoft Word Open XML Document File Type
Extension .docx
Developer Microsoft
Popularity 5.0 (12192571 Votes)
Mime Type application/ vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document
Default Program Microsoft Word
Category Common File Types
Format Zip
Updated 3/1/2024

What is a DOCX File Type?

The Microsoft Word Open XML document was introduced with the release of Microsoft Word 2007. DOCX files have become one of the most common file types for saving text documents since the introduction of the format.

With the release of Word 2007, .DOC files were replaced by DOCX files as the standard file for saving documents in Word. Unlike DOC files, which store the data in one binary file, DOCX files are saved in Open XML format, which stores the data as separate files and folders in a compressed Zip package. There are XML files and three folders, docProps, Word and _ rels, which contain the properties of the document, the content and the relationships between the files.

The Open XML is designed to make the contents of documents more open and accessible. For example, the text of the document is saved in text files and the images stored as individual image files, such as .JPG or .PNG, in the DOCX file. The files may also include page formatting information, data about the author and notes; document review.

Important: To explore the contents of a DOCX file, rename the files; extension .docx to .zip, then decompress the resulting file with' any Zip decompression utility.

What is a Default DOCX File Name?

Document1.docx - The default filename given by Microsoft Word to new documents.

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How to Open DOCX File?

Open Microsoft Word for Windows or Microsoft Word for Mac DOCX files. Word is the best option to open DOCX files because it supports formatting of Word documents, including images, graphics, tables, spacing and l' alignment of text.

You can open DOCX files with d' other word processors, but some of the formatting of the original documents may be lost. Other word processes that support DOCX include Corel WordPerfect (Windows), Apple Pages (Mac) and Apache OpenOffice Writer (multiplatform) .

You can open DOCX files with various programs online. Google Docs is a free web application that lets you view, download, modify, save and convert a DOCX file.

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Free online DOCX Tools & Apps

We have also the free online .DOCX (Microsoft Word Open XML Document) file extension apps that can allow to view, edit, convert from to DOCX, merge, split and compare the DOCX files without installing anything on your system. Please click on the links to explore the complete list of details for each required feature.

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DOCX Files Common Issues

There are few common issues with the Microsoft Word Open XML Document .DOCX File Extensions while opening the .DOCX files on Windows and MacOs, we have solution to those issues such as:

Can't Open DOCX Files?

  1. You must have supported software programs installed for Microsoft Word Open XML Document on your system such as Microsoft Word.
  2. Associate default Microsoft Microsoft Word program for *.docx (Microsoft Word Open XML Document) files.

    Associate DOCX Default Program on Windows
    1. Right-click a *.DOCX (e.g example.docx) file and click Open With.
    2. In the Open with dialog box, click Microsoft Microsoft Word program Or click Browse to locate the program (*.exe) that you want.
    3. Select check box for Always use this app to open .docx files.

    Associate DOCX Default Program on MacOs
    1. Click *.DOCX (e.g example.docx) file and click information -> Open With.
    2. In the programs list, click Microsoft Microsoft Word program Or other appropriate program that you want.
    3. Confirm Change for all... and Contine.
    4. A message will appear "This change will be applied to all files with .Microsoft Word extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection", click Contine to apply changes.
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All Platform Software Programs for DOCX File Extension

List of all softwares that can open the DOCX files on each platforms such as Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux, Web and Android, you may click the each software link for more details for other supported formats for each software and the verified direct download links for each software with complete lisensing details.

Microsoft Windows logo image Open DOCX File on Windows

Software License Developer
AbiSource AbiWord image. AbiSource AbiWord 3 for Windows Open Source AbiSource
Adobe Acrobat image. Adobe Acrobat DC 2019 for Windows Commercial Adobe
Aspose Aspose.Total for .NET image. Aspose Aspose.Total for .NET 16.3.0 for Windows Commercial Aspose
Calibre image. Calibre 3 for Windows Open Source Calibre
Calligra Suite image. Calligra Suite 2 for Windows Freeware Calligra Suite
ACD Systems Canvas image. ACD Systems Canvas X 2019 for Windows Commercial ACD Systems
Crick Software Clicker image. Crick Software Clicker 7 for Windows Commercial Crick Software
CS Odessa ConceptDraw MINDMAP image. CS Odessa ConceptDraw MINDMAP 8 for Windows Commercial CS Odessa
Corel CorelDRAW Graphics Suite image. Corel CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2020 for Windows Commercial Corel
HotDocs image. HotDocs 11 for Windows Commercial HotDocs
Adobe Illustrator image. Adobe Illustrator 2020 for Windows Commercial Adobe
Adobe InDesign image. Adobe InDesign 2020 for Windows Commercial Adobe
LibreOffice image. LibreOffice 6 for Windows Open Source LibreOffice
The MathWorks MATLAB image. The MathWorks MATLAB R2017 for Windows Commercial The MathWorks
MatchWare MindView for Windows image. MatchWare MindView for Windows 6 for Windows Commercial MatchWare
SoftMaker Office image. SoftMaker Office 2018 for Windows Commercial SoftMaker
Microsoft Office image. Microsoft Office 2019 for Windows Commercial Microsoft
Ability Office image. Ability Office 6 for Windows Commercial Ability
Kofax OmniPage image. Kofax OmniPage ULTIMATE 19 for Windows Commercial Kofax
Nuance PDF Converter Professional image. Nuance PDF Converter Professional 8 for Windows Commercial Nuance
Apowersoft Phone Manager image. Apowersoft Phone Manager 2 for Windows Freeware Apowersoft
Adobe RoboHelp image. Adobe RoboHelp 2019 for Windows Commercial Adobe
IMSI TurboPDF image. IMSI TurboPDF 7 for Windows Commercial IMSI
Microsoft Word image. Microsoft Word 365 for Windows Commercial Microsoft
Microsoft WordPad image. Microsoft WordPad 6 for Windows Bundled Microsoft
Corel WordPerfect image. Corel WordPerfect 2020 for Windows Commercial Corel
Microsoft Works image. Microsoft Works 9 for Windows Commercial Microsoft
Kingsoft WPS Office image. Kingsoft WPS Office 2019 for Windows Freeware Kingsoft

MacOs logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen DOCX File on Mac OS

Software License Developer
Adobe Acrobat image. Adobe Acrobat DC 2019 for MacOs Commercial Adobe
Calibre image. Calibre 3 for MacOs Open Source Calibre
Calligra Suite image. Calligra Suite 2 for MacOs Freeware Calligra Suite
Crick Software Clicker image. Crick Software Clicker 7 for MacOs Commercial Crick Software
CS Odessa ConceptDraw MINDMAP image. CS Odessa ConceptDraw MINDMAP 8 for MacOs Commercial CS Odessa
Corel CorelDRAW Graphics Suite image. Corel CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2020 for MacOs Commercial Corel
Google Drive image. Google Drive 2020 for MacOs Freeware Google
Adobe Illustrator image. Adobe Illustrator 2020 for MacOs Commercial Adobe
Adobe InDesign image. Adobe InDesign 2020 for MacOs Commercial Adobe
LibreOffice image. LibreOffice 6 for MacOs Open Source LibreOffice
The MathWorks MATLAB image. The MathWorks MATLAB R2017 for MacOs Commercial The MathWorks
MatchWare MindView for Mac image. MatchWare MindView for Mac 5 for MacOs Commercial MatchWare
Planamesa NeoOffice image. Planamesa NeoOffice 2017 for MacOs Commercial Planamesa
Microsoft Office image. Microsoft Office 2019 for MacOs Commercial Microsoft
Nuance OmniPage Pro X image. Nuance OmniPage Pro X 1 for MacOs Commercial Nuance
Apple Pages image. Apple Pages 6 for MacOs Commercial Apple
Apple Preview image. Apple Preview 10 for MacOs Bundled Apple
Adobe RoboHelp image. Adobe RoboHelp 2019 for MacOs Commercial Adobe
Apple TextEdit image. Apple TextEdit 1.15 for MacOs Bundled Apple
Microsoft Word image. Microsoft Word 365 for MacOs Commercial Microsoft
Microsoft Word for Mac image. Microsoft Word for Mac 2019 for MacOs Commercial Microsoft
Kingsoft WPS Office image. Kingsoft WPS Office 2019 for MacOs Freeware Kingsoft

Linux logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen DOCX file on Linux

Software License Developer
AbiSource AbiWord image. AbiSource AbiWord 3 for Linux Open Source AbiSource
Adobe Acrobat image. Adobe Acrobat DC 2019 for Linux Commercial Adobe
Calibre image. Calibre 3 for Linux Open Source Calibre
Calligra Suite image. Calligra Suite 2 for Linux Freeware Calligra Suite
LibreOffice image. LibreOffice 6 for Linux Open Source LibreOffice
The MathWorks MATLAB image. The MathWorks MATLAB R2017 for Linux Commercial The MathWorks
SoftMaker Office image. SoftMaker Office 2018 for Linux Commercial SoftMaker
OpenOffice Writer image. OpenOffice Writer 000 for Linux Free OpenOffice Writer
Kingsoft WPS Office image. Kingsoft WPS Office 2019 for Linux Freeware Kingsoft

Website logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen DOCX file on Web

Software License Developer
Google Drive image. Google Drive 2020 for Web Freeware Google
Google Docs image. Google Docs 000 for Web Free Google Docs

iOS logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen DOCX file on iOS

Software License Developer
Google Drive for iOS image. Google Drive for iOS 4 for iOS Freeware Google
GoodiWare Good.iWare GoodReader for iOS image. GoodiWare Good.iWare GoodReader for iOS 4 for iOS Commercial GoodiWare
Microsoft Office image. Microsoft Office 000 for iOS Free+ Microsoft
MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro image. MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro 8 for iOS Commercial MobiSystems
Apple Pages for iOS image. Apple Pages for iOS 2 for iOS Commercial Apple
Infraware Polaris Office for iOS image. Infraware Polaris Office for iOS 7 for iOS Freeware Infraware
Microsoft Word for iOS image. Microsoft Word for iOS 2 for iOS Commercial Microsoft

Android logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen DOCX file on Android

Software License Developer
Google Drive for Android image. Google Drive for Android 4 for Android Freeware Google
SoftMaker Office HD TextMaker BASIC image. SoftMaker Office HD TextMaker BASIC 2016.7 for Android Freeware SoftMaker
MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro image. MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro 8 for Android Commercial MobiSystems
Apowersoft Phone Manager image. Apowersoft Phone Manager 2 for Android Freeware Apowersoft
Infraware Polaris Office for Android image. Infraware Polaris Office for Android 7 for Android Freeware Infraware
Microsoft Word for Android image. Microsoft Word for Android 16 for Android Freeware Microsoft
Kingsoft WPS Office for Android image. Kingsoft WPS Office for Android 12 for Android Freeware Kingsoft

About Licensing

  1. Free Trial This software are often used for an attempt period, like 14 days, before requiring payment. Some trial versions have a reduced feature set.
  2. Free This software is liberal to use. Examples include open-source , freeware software, like free programs supported by advertising.
  3. Free+ This software is liberal to download and use, but contains in-app purchases (IAP) to unlock additional content or functionality.
  4. Paid This software must be purchased so as to use it. it's going to be offered as a perpetual license or ongoing subscription.
  5. Included with OS This software is bundled with an OS , like Windows, macOS, or Android.

DOCX file extension icon image.About DOCX - Microsoft Word Open XML Document

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Updated 3/1/2024


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