Files with word file extension can be mainly found as very old text documents made in MacWrite that was available in 90s.

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

word icon.word - Microsoft Word for Mac document

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Software that open word file

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WORD file extension - MacWrite document

What is word file? How to open word files?

File type specification:

Document file type icon Document file type

word file icon: word filetype icon

The word file extension is related to MacWrite, a word processor application released along with the first Apple Macintosh systems in 1984 and used for its default document format.

MacWrite was the first such program that was widely available to the public to offer WYSIWYG operation, with multiple fonts and styles. Together with MacPaint, it was one of the two original "killer applications" that propelled the adoption and popularity of the GUI in general, and the Mac in particular.

This word file type entry was marked as obsolete and no longer supported file format.

This type of file is no longer actively used and is most likely obsolete. This is typically the case for system files in old operating systems, file types from long discontinued software, or previous versions of certain file types (like documents, projects etc.) that were replaced in higher versions of their original programs.

Updated: November 14, 2023

The default software associated to open word file:

Pages for Mac icon

Apple, Inc. logoPages for Mac  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

iWork Pages is popular word processor for Apple Mac OS X and iOS operating systems. It is a part of iWork office suite. Pages can be also used as a page layout application. Apple distributed Pages with 140 document templates for creating letters, résumés, posters, and outlines. Pages can open documents from Microsoft Word, AppleWorks, Rich Text, PDF and EPUB.

Help how to open:

iWorks Pages supposedly can still open *.word documents.

How to convert:

It is unlikely that many programs supports this format nowadays. However a lot of users actually look for Microsoft Word formats (*.doc, *.docx) not the ancient WORD format from MacWrite.

List of software applications associated to the .word 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 word file, edit word file, convert word file, view word file, play word file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in'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 word files.

Software that open word file - MacWrite document

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

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