WORD - Microsoft Word file

What is a WORD file

The WORD file format is an upgraded version of the older DOC format, offering improved usability and accessibility. Unlike the DOC file, which can be bulky, WORD files are more efficient. They may seem like a single file, but they're actually a compressed archive of smaller files, typically less than 10KB. This makes WORD files easier to store and send via email attachments.

WORD files adhere to the Microsoft Office Open XML international standard, used in various Microsoft applications like Word 2007, 2010, and 2013 for Windows, and Word 2008 and 2011 for Mac OS X. This standardization ensures that WORD files can be opened and edited in multiple applications, not just Microsoft Office.

One advantage of WORD files is their compatibility with various software. They can be unzipped using software other than Microsoft Office, making it convenient to extract and manipulate their contents without specialized tools.

Here are some programs that can open WORD files:

  • Bookize Reader
  • Microsoft Word
  • Google Docs
  • Google Drive
  • Apple Pages
  • LibreOffice


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