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List of common document file extensions
Here is a list of the most popular document formats used in past few years. These typically come from various office productivity bundles, word processors and alike.
Common documents may change in time as the popularity and significance of some formats can change.
Whole category of documents contains now 1661 file types. Show all document file types.
Files with abw extension can be typically found as documents created and saved using the AbiWord word processor.
Files with aww suffix can be most notably found as documents made using Ability Write word processor, part of Ability Office suite.
A chm file extension is related to Microsoft compiled HTML help file format. CHM is acronym for Compiled Help Modules.
A cnt file extension is related to the Help Contents files used by Microsoft Windows Help.
Files with dbx extension can be mostly found as email folders from now discontinued Microsoft Outlook Express e-mail management software.
A djvu file extension is used for a special image and document file format called DjVu. Typically used for image documents because it can achieve much lower file sizes, compared to other image formats with text, such as JPEG.
A doc file extension is commonly used for text documents created in Microsoft Word word processor prior version 2003. Word's DOC documents can be opened in almost every (if not every) other word processor, such as OpenOffice.org Writer or iWork Pages.
A docm file extension is used for default macro-enabled document format of latest versions of Microsoft Word. Such documents may contain additional VBA scripts or macros, that enhance some functions of the Word document.
Files with docx suffix are documents written and saved using Microsoft Word word processor edition 2007 or later. DOCX format replaced the previously used DOC format, moving from a binary files to Open XML schema based documents. Supported in almost every modern word processing tools.
A dot file extension is used by Microsoft Word word processor that is distributed as a part of Microsoft Office. A dot file contains document template (predefined document type and format). A dot file extension is used by Microsoft Word 97 to 2003.
A dotm file extension is related to Microsoft Word 2007 and later. A dotm file stores Open XML macro-enabled document template.
A dotx file extension is used for a main open XML document template format of Microsoft Word. Templates are generally used to save predefined look and settings of documents for quick creation of documents that have same look. DOTX format is a successor to previously used DOT format. Some other word processors are also able to open *.dotx files, however they wont probably use most of the Microsoft Word specific formatting.
File extension epub is used by e-book in Open Publication structure eBook format. Since 2007 EPUB format is regarded as international standard. Generally used for text-centric books or other publications.
A gp4 file extension is associated with Guitar Pro 4, a multi track editor of guitar and bass tablature, which allows you to create whole scores for guitar, bass or other stringed instruments in a few minutes.
Files with ind extension can be mainly found as special InDesign documents. InDesign is used to create rich documents and other magazines.
An indd file extension is associated with Adobe InDesign and used for its default InDesign document format. InDesign is used to create graphically rich documents, brochures and other more sophisticated texts. It was a part of Adobe Creative suite and currently of Adobe Creative Cloud.
A key file extension is used for presentations saved in latest versions of Apple iWork Keynote '09. Keynote is a professional presentation tool for Mac OS X.
A keynote file extension is used for presentations saved in Apple iWork Keynote '06, or in its previous versions. Keynote is a professional presentation tool for Mac OS X.
An mht file extension is associated with the Mime HTML files. MHTML is web archive format used to bind resources and HTML code into a single file. Used mainly on internet and openable with every web browser.
Files with mpp suffix can be usually found as plans (projects) made using Microsoft Project project management software program developed by Microsoft.
The *.odf file extension is related to the Open Document Interchange Format (ODIF) used by various Office suites, like StarOffice, Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org etc.
Files with ods extension can be nowadays commonly found as spreadsheets saved using Calc program from OpenOffice.org, LibreOffice and perhaps other office productivity bundles that use documents based on OpenDocument Format schema.
An odt file extension is used for the default text document format of many open source word processors, like OpenOffice.org Writer. ODT documents can be opened in all commercial and free word processors.
An ott file extension is related to the OpenOffice.org or LibreOffice suite. An ott stores text document template.
Files with oxps suffix are documents created in Windows 8/10 using the latest Open XML Paper Specification. These oxps files can only be opened in Windows 8 and later and do not work in older versions of Windows.
A pages file extension is used for default document format of Pages, a word processor and page layout program from Apple. No other program can open the *.pages files, but Pages is able to export its documents to some other formats, such as PDF or Microsoft Word's *.docx.
A pdf file extension is mainly used for Adobe Portable document format, commonly referred to as PDF. All programs that create some sort of documents or projects offer the possibility to export their format to PDF format. A free PDF viewer (Adobe Reader) is available for download from Adobe website.
A pmd file extension was used by Adobe PageMaker for its default document format. PageMaker is no longer developed and was replaced with InDesign in Adobe's portfolio. Both programs are used to create rich and stylish documents and publications.
Files with pot extension can be found as PowerPoint templates for version 97 to 2003. Used to quickly create presentations with same layout and settings.
A potx file extension is associated with templates for presentations created in latest versions of Microsoft PowerPoint.
A pps file extension is associated with Microsoft PowerPoint presentation software and used for slideshow documents. PPS PowerPoint's slide shows are basically sequences of screens, often used for presentation purposes.
A ppsx file extension is used for presentation slide shows created in the popular presentations maker Microsoft PowerPoint. PPSX format is used for complete slideshows that also may include audio or video effects.
A ppt file extension is traditionally used for Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. PowerPoint presentation can contain text, pictures, audio or video data. Sometimes also called slide shows.
Files with pptm extension are related to Microsoft PowerPoint presentation software distributed as a part of Microsoft Office suite. A pptm file stores presentation with enabled macros.
A pptx file extension is used for the default presentation format of latest editions of PowerPoint from Microsoft Office. PowerPoint slide shows are basically set of screens which can include text, graphic, sounds or videos used for various presentation purposes.
Files with prn suffix can be usually encountered as various printer output files for HP printers. Typically created as an printer export when a HP printer is selected as an alternative to PostScript / PDF output.
Files with proproj extension are projects created and saved using the Adobe Premiere Pro software. Contains saved work in progress.
Files with ps extension can be commonly found as to-be-printed final versions of documents and other publications saved in Adobe PostScript language for PostScript printers.
A pub file extension is used for documents created in Microsoft Publisher, a desktop publishing application from Microsoft Office suite. PUB documents are much more complex than common Word files and give more emphasis to design and page layout, rather than actual text.
A pwi file extension is associated with several text editor applications for Windows Mobile, such as Pocket Word. Probably can be opened on PCs in some word processors or text editors.
The rep file extension is related to the report files created by various apps.
Files with rtf extension can commonly be found as text files saved in Rich Text Format. Supported by most text editors.
An sdd file extension is related to OpenOffice.org Impress presentation application. An sdd file contains presentation in legacy Impress presentation format.
An sdw file extension is associated with the OpenOffice.org and used for text documents.
An shs file extension is also related to Microsoft Windows Shell Scrap Object file format. An shs scrap file is a special OLE object that can be insert into documents.
Files with snp suffix are most notably known to be snapshots generated from older Microsoft Access databases. Used for viewing purposes only.
Files with sxw suffix can be usually found as older documents made using some previous version of OpenOffice.org Writer.
Files with tpl extension are traditionally used for template files in many programs. Templates are predefined formats that help to quickly and easily create similar looking documents with same settings.
A vsd file extension is used for saved flowcharts created with Microsoft Visio program. Visio uses vector graphics to created diagrams.
A wlmp file extension is related to the Microsoft Windows Live Movie Maker a video editing app from Microsoft. Movie Maker uses wlmp file extension for its video project files.
Files with wpd extension are generally documents created using the Corel WordPerfect word processor.
A wps file extension is associated with Microsoft Works and used for its default text document format. Works is a discontinued product, however many documents are still written in WPS format. Microsoft Word, and some other word processors like OpenOffice.org Write or LibreOffice Writer are also able to open *.wps files.
A wri file extension is related to Microsoft Windows Write the simple text editor that was distributed as a part of Microsoft Windows to version 95. A wri file stores document written in Write.
An xps file extension is used for XML paper specification files (xps files). XPS file format was developed by Microsoft and Ecma International for an electronic representation of digital documents that can be can easily created, shared, printed. XPS Creator and XPS Viewer are distributed as a parts of Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. For older Windows are these utilities available on Microsoft's website.
This is a list of some the most common file types from this category and may change in time as the popularity and significance of some formats can change. Whole category of documents contains now 1661 file types. Show all document files.