Tuesday, May 31, 2011

How to open .docx files

How to open .docx files without having Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010

Most documents that are spread across the Internet are in all kinds for format, .docx is a new format from word 2007 which is popular nowadays. It is almost impossible to view a document in docx format. But of course Microsoft Office Word is to be paid and very expensive. How to open, read and edit .docx files without having Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010, even alternatives for free?

Files of .docx format cannot be opened in older versions of MS Office Word, users that do not use Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 are not able to open .docx documents that they received.

If you are using older versions of Microsoft Office, prior to Office 2007, you cannot directly open Docx files, but there are many alternate ways to open, read and edit .Docx files without MS Office 2007 or later versions installed on your PC.

Following are few online and offline methods/workarounds to read the content of docx format files.

Microsoft Compatibility Pack
The best way for Windows users is to install the Microsoft compatibility pack for older Office versions.

Word Viewer
Windows users could also download the Word Viewer from Microsoft that opens and views .docx documents.

Convert docx Files to Other Format
This was what I used very often at the first time, no software installation needed, convert files online. There are number of online tools to convert docx format into doc. and other formats. The best method for Mac and Linux users that do not use Microsoft Office would be online converters that convert docx files into doc.
Docx converter

If you are not using a PC, you can install OpenOffice which can read .docx files.

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