DOC File Extension

DOC file icon
Microsoft Word Document
  • Developer
    Microsoft
  • Popularity
    4 (13 votes)

What is DOC file?

Files with the .DOC extension contain formatted text documents stored in a proprietary binary format of Microsoft Word. Storing format was different for each version of the Microsoft office suite. Currently, it has been displaced by an open format based on XML, in order to provide mobility (DOCX). However, DOC files still can be created in Word.

DOC files may contain:

  • Text and its formatting,
  • tables,
  • clip-art objects or images,
  • Scripts – macros.

Additional information

Microsoft published specification of the DOC format only in 2008, in order to enable using it to create programs properly handling those files. Nonetheless, the format was back-engineered in order to obtain all the details. Before a proprietary Microsoft DOC format was created in 1983, it was used also in plain text files and files of the WordPerfect program.

Conversion of a DOC file

When you install one of the applications from the list of programs that you found here, you should be able to open or edit the file with the DOC extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of DOC file conversion to a different format.

File Conversions from DOC extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to DOC file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the DOC file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the DOC file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the DOC file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the DOC file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the DOC file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the DOC file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

Do you want to help?

If you have additional information about the DOC file, we will be grateful if you share it with our users. To do this, use the form here and send us your information on DOC file.

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