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DOC file format

File extension
.doc
File category
Description

DOC file extension is a binary file format native to Microsoft’s word processing application. It is basically a word processing document format that supports plain text, hyperlinks, alignments, images and more.

DOC was once Microsoft’s most popular word processing document format. However, its popularity has faded following the introduction of DOCX. Nonetheless, you can still use DOC to create, edit and save document files. DOC is also widely used in a variety of platforms. The coding and framework emphasizes on font, size, shape and color of the text.

Technical details

How to create and how to open an DOC file

Creating a DOC file requires a Microsoft application like Word. Simply launch the application, select “File” then “New” then “Blank Document” or create using a template. You can also create a DOC file on Google Documents. Many platforms support DOC files, so all you need to do is create a text file and save it or download it as a DOC file.

There are many ways to open a DOC file. It is supported by many platforms and programs, starting with Microsoft’s suite of applications like Word and WordPad. You can also open DOC files online using Microsoft OneDrive or use any other program that supports the extension. LibreOffice, WPS Office and OpenOffice writers all support DOC files, so you can use them to create, save and open files with the DOC extension.

Which other formats DOC can be converted into and why

You can convert DOC files to many different formats, depending on the program you are using. Some of the popular file formats DOC can be converted into include:

  1. 1. DOCX
  2. 2. PDF
  3. 3. JPEG
  4. 4. XPS

File conversion is invaluable when working with different programs and DOC converts to various formats that allow creators and everyday users to create, save, open and edit using a wide variety of applications. For instance, converting DOC to DOCX improves data management and recovery and extends the possibilities of the former binary files. On the other hand, converting to PDF offers secure data storage and makes paper-to-digital conversions easier.

DOC files are easy to convert. You can also get your file back by converting DOCX, PDF and other documents to DOC. It all depends on what you want to achieve and the program you are using. Some programs cannot export or save DOC files, so you need to convert the document to a compatible format before using it on the application.

Programs
Microsoft Word
OpenOffice.org Writer
IBM Lotus Symphony
Apple Pages
AbiWord
Main program
Microsoft Word
Developer
Microsoft
MIME type
application/msword
application/kswps