File types supported in Microsoft Word 2010

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File formats that can be opened and saved in Microsoft Word 2010

The following formats are supported in Microsoft Word 2010 and the program is able to work with them. 

 

Extension   File format   Description

*.doc

Word 97–2003 Document

The binary file format for Word 97–2003.

*.docm

Word Macro-Enabled Document

The XML-based and macro-enabled file format for Word 2010 and Office Word 2007. Stores Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macro code.

*.docx

Word Document

The default XML-based file format for Word 2010 and Office Word 2007.

*.dot

Word 97–2003 Template

Template for Word 97–2003 files.

*.dotm

Word Macro-Enabled Template

Template for creating new Word 2010 and Office Word 2007 files that contain macros. If you want to include UI customizations or macros in the template, use this file format.

*.dotx

Word Template

Template for creating new Word 2010 and Office Word 2007 files that do not contain macros.

*.htm, *.html

Web Page

A Web page that is saved as a folder that contains an .htm file and all supporting files, such as images, sound files, cascading style sheets, scripts, and more. 

*.htm, *.html

Web Page, Filtered

Saving in the Web Page, Filtered file format removes Microsoft Office-specific tags. If you save in filtered HTML and then re-open the file in an Office application, text and general appearance will be preserved. However, some features might work differently.

*.mht, *.mhtml 

Single File Web Page

A Web page as a single file that includes an .htm file and all supporting files, such as images, sound files, cascading style sheets, scripts, and more.

*.odt

OpenDocument Text

A file format for saving Word 2010 files so that they can be opened in document applications that use the OpenDocument format. You can also open documents in the .ods format in Word 2010. Formatting might be lost when users save and open .ods files.

*.pdf

PDF

Portable Document Format (PDF), a PostScript-based electronic file format developed by Adobe Systems that preserves document formatting and enables file sharing.

Files using the PDF file format can be saved but not opened by using Word 2010.

*.rtf

Rich Text Format

RTF controls the representation and formatting of a document, both on the screen and in print. When they use the .rtf file format, documents created under different operating systems and with different software applications can be transferred between those operating systems and applications.

*.txt

Plain Text

When you save a Word 2010 document as a .txt file, you lose all formatting.

*.wps

Works 6-9 Document

This is the default file format of Microsoft Works, versions 6.0 through 9.0.

*.xml

Word 2003 XML Document

The XML format supported in Office Word 2003.

*.xml

Word XML Document

The XML file format supported in Word 2010 and Office Word 2007 (Open XML).

*.xps

XPS Document

XML Paper Specification, a file format that preserves document formatting and enables file sharing. When the XPS file is viewed online or printed, it keeps exactly the format that you intended, and the data in the file cannot be easily changed.

Files using the XPS Document file format can be saved but not opened by using Word 2010.

 

Related software and links:

Microsoft Office icon

Microsoft Office    Microsoft Windows platform
One of the most popular and powerful office suites on market

 
Microsoft Office for Mac icon

Microsoft Office for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
The latest release of Microsoft's productivity suite for Mac

 
Microsoft Word icon

Microsoft Word    Microsoft Windows platform
One of the most popular word processor program from Microsoft Office suite

 
Microsoft Word for Mac icon

Microsoft Word for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
A Mac version of the popular word processing application

 

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Related file extensions

doc - Microsoft Word 97 to 2003 document

docm - Microsoft Word Open XML macro-enabled document

docx - Microsoft Word Open XML document

dot - Microsoft Word 97 to 2003 document template

dotm - Microsoft Word Open XML macro-enabled document template

dotx - Microsoft Word XML document template

odt - ODF text document

rtf - Rich Text Format document

wps - Microsoft Works document

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