A doc file extension is commonly used for text documents created in Microsoft Word word processor. Word's DOC documents can be opened in almost every (if not every) other word processor, such as OpenOffice.org Writer or iWork Pages.

There is one other file type using
the DOC file extension!

doc file icon.doc - Document file

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Software that works with doc file extension

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DOC file extension - Microsoft Word 97 to 2003 document

What is doc file? How to open doc files?

File type specification:

Document file type icon Document file type

Microsoft Office file type icon Microsoft Office file type

doc file icon: doc filetype icon

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 Microsoft Office.

The *.doc files are traditionally used by Microsoft Word for its document files. The .doc files are in the word binary file 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 file format begins with a master record named the file Information block, which references all other data in the file. By following links from the file information block, an application can locate all text and other objects in the file and compute the properties of those objects.

The latest versions of Microsoft Office use the Open XML file format and the Microsoft Word documents are saved with the docx file extension,or if they also have macros enabled, the docm file extension.

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The default software associated to doc file type:

Microsoft Word icon

Microsoft Corporation logo Microsoft Word  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Word is word processor that started with Word for MS-DOS in 1983. Currently Word is a core application of Microsoft Office suite. Microsoft Word offers powerful word processing and text editor features that allow users to easy create high quality documents.

Microsoft Word for Mac icon

Microsoft Corporation logo Microsoft Word for Mac  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
  Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Word for Mac is the Macintosh version of the popular word processing application from Microsoft Office Suite. It offers powerful text editing features for both home and corporate users.

The latest version of this application, Microsoft Word, is integral part of Microsoft Office for Mac and cannot be bought as standalone.

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Help how to open DOC files:

To open the *.doc files, use Microsoft Word or any third party applications that support the .doc format.

How to convert file with extension DOC:

Microsoft Word also supports other document file formats and is able to convert opened documents to them with the File|Save as... menu option.

Some Third party word processors and converters are also able to convert or export .doc files to another file format.

Find conversions from doc file:

doc to cdr

doc to csv

doc to eml

doc to pages

doc to pub

doc to ris

doc to vcf

Find converter to doc file type:

cdr to doc

crypt8 to doc

gdoc to doc

mp3 to doc

oxps to doc

pages to doc

pmd to doc

Related links:

Word Binary File Format full overview on MSDN

List of software applications associated to the .doc file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, Mac OS X etc.) and possible program actions
that can be done with the file
: like open doc file, edit doc file, convert doc file, view doc file, play doc file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in File-Extensions.org's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting of the doc files.

  • Open doc file
  • Save doc file
  • Edit doc file
  • View doc file
  • Convert doc file
  • Create doc file
  • Import doc file
  • Export doc file
  • Print doc file
  • Recover doc file
  • Others doc file

Software that open doc file - Microsoft Word 97 to 2003 document

Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open doc file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with doc file by default:
Microsoft Word small icon Microsoft Word
Other suggested software:
Kingsoft Office small icon Kingsoft Office
Corel WordPerfect small icon Corel WordPerfect

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

Main software associated with doc file by default:
Microsoft Word for Mac small icon Microsoft Word for Mac
Other suggested software:
Pages for Mac small icon Pages for Mac

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