A dot file extension is used by Microsoft Word, a 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.

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the DOT file extension!

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DOT file extension - Microsoft Word document template (up to Microsoft Word 2003 version)

What is dot file? How to open dot files?

File type specification:

Microsoft Office file type icon Microsoft Office file type

Document file type icon Document file type

dot file icon: dot filetype icon

The dot 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 dot files are used in Microsoft Word 97 to 2003 for document template files.

The .dot templates are used, when users wants to create several doc documents with same formatting.

The latest versions of Microsoft Office use the Open XML file format and the Word documents are stored in the docx files or in the template docm files.

MIME types:

The default software associated to open dot file:

Microsoft Word icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Word  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

A popular word processor that started with Word for MS-DOS in 1983 and for year is now 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.

Almost every, if not every, computer user knows .doc and .docx Word documents.

Microsoft Word for Mac icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft 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.

Related articles:

File types supported in Microsoft Word 2010

Help how to open:

Use Microsoft Word to open *.dot files.

How to convert:

After you have opened *.dot template in Word, you can save it to another supported file format (DOC by default).

Find conversions from dot file:

dot to doc

dot to docm

dot to docx

dot to dotm

dot to ott

dot to pdf

dot to rtf

Find converter to dot file type:

doc to dot

docx to dot

dotx to dot

jw to dot

lwp to dot

ott to dot

txt to dot

List of software applications associated to the .dot file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open dot file, edit dot file, convert dot file, view dot file, play dot 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 dot files.

Software that open dot file - Microsoft Word document template (up to Microsoft Word 2003 version)

Programs supporting the exension dot on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open dot file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with dot file by default:
Microsoft Word small icon Microsoft Word
Other suggested software:
IBM Lotus Symphony small icon IBM Lotus Symphony

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:


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