File Type Microsoft Word Document (Legacy) IconMicrosoft Word Document (Legacy)
File Format Proprietary (Microsoft)
Usage Referenced by an application; not meant to be opened manually; may run a program or script when opened
Popularity ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Popular

DOC files are created with Microsoft Word. They may contain text, tables, graphics, comments, and metadata. DOC files also support advanced text formatting and page layout information.

IMPORTANT: Word 2007 and later saves documents in a new format, which uses the .DOCX extension.

Info About Microsoft Word

Word is a popular word processor for Windows and Macintosh computers. It is that standard word processing program used by most businesses and is also popular among consumers. Word supports advanced text styles and page formatting, as well as images, charts, and graphs. The program also includes a "Track Changes" feature, which allows other users to edit Word documents and note each change they make.

Open With

IconMicrosoft Word

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IconApple Pages

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IconKingsoft WPS Office

Updated May 6, 2009
Information from the PC File Extensions Reference