How To Open Docx Files

Got Docx? Here’s how to open them without Word using Windows, Mac, or Linux.

When Microsoft introduced Office 2007, it brought with it some new document formats, among them Docx. If you don’t have, want, or use the newest version of Word you might find yourself needing to open a Docx document. Head on over to this Wired How-To article for several alternatives to view those Docx formatted files.

Open Docx Files

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by deetailed on 5. June 2011 - 14:39  (73281)

Some trials today involving a 2-page file with rather complex layout (textboxes and pictures). I have MS Office 2003 in my XP SP3, and prefer not having to "upgrade" to newer Office versions if possible.

Abiword 2.8.6 - Can open, but soon after the document flickers rapidly and Abiword crashes.

Textmaker Viewer 2010 - Can open, but the picture can't be seen. Can't edit or convert except to PDF, but in the PDF the picture still can't be displayed.

Finally found a way via Office Live ( to display the file in entirety and do simple editing (of the text; I haven't tried changing any formatting). It can't export to .doc, and hence reliant on internet connection. Will do for now.

by Drongo on 12. June 2011 - 11:52  (73672)

If you're using Office 2003 you can just go to MS' site and download a free convertor pack to allow use of Office 2007 file formats.

It's called the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats and can be downloaded at

by rhiannon on 13. June 2011 - 4:58  (73700)

Thanks Drongo. :)

by rhiannon on 5. June 2011 - 20:53  (73311)

Thanks deetailed, it's good to know what's working and what isn't. :)

by Anonymous on 19. March 2010 - 14:36  (45807)

word viewer and the compatibility pack did not work for me

by Anonymous on 24. February 2010 - 19:01  (44398)

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats

Brief Description
Open, edit, and save documents, workbooks, and presentations in the Open XML file formats which were introduced to Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint beginning with Office 2007.

Install once and forget it. Sits in the background and converts .docx files on the fly. Seems to work well all the way back to Office 97. Haven't tried it in non MS programs. (Abiword etc.)

by rhiannon on 24. February 2010 - 22:21  (44421)

Nice find.

by Anupam on 19. February 2010 - 11:55  (43950)

Free TextMaker Viewer from SoftMaker can also view docx files, among other supported formats.

by Anonymous on 10. March 2010 - 2:03  (45277)

EXCELLENT viewer! One I had not found despite relentless searching for docx converters / viewers.

Does the job and only 4 Mb in size. I have a docx with some strange inclusion format which it viewed with no problem!

The MS view AND converter needed to see it's own type of file is comparatively huge and time consuming to find. Now gone ...

Shukriya Anupam! Regards -- HowardG

Moderators comment:
Email address removed for your own safety.

by Anupam on 10. March 2010 - 5:47  (45282)

Very welcome Howard, glad it helped you :).

by Anupam on 14. February 2010 - 19:34  (43627)

Two sites to convert docx to doc online :

Found this to be very good. Supports a lot of formats. Converted docx to doc in no time, and does not require email address, like Zamzar, or the site below.

I haven't tried the above link.

I tried Zamzar. It requires email address, and it takes a lot of time... even after several minutes, the small docx file was still converting. I had to cancel it.

by mvozzo on 14. February 2010 - 12:02  (43594)

Microsoft offer a free Docx Viewer called "Word Viewer"

Here's a quote from the above page:
View, print and copy Word documents, even if you don't have Word installed. This download is a replacement for Word Viewer 2003 and all previous Word Viewer versions.

The Word Viewer, together with the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats, allows you open Word documents saved in the following formats:
* Word Document (*.docx)
* Word Macro-Enabled Document (*.docm)
* Rich Text Format (.rtf)
* Text (.txt)
* Web Page formats (.htm, .html, .mht, .mhtml)
* WordPerfect 5.x (.wpd)
* WordPerfect 6.x (.doc, .wpd)
* Works 6.0 (.wps)
* Works 7.0 (.wps)
* XML (.xml)

by Anonymous on 12. February 2010 - 23:21  (43466)

Interesting that people are still having a problem opening Office-2K7 files. Didn't Microsoft publish an Office Update a couple of weeks after the release of 2K7?

by rhiannon on 12. February 2010 - 23:29  (43467)

I'm not sure about an Office Update - but the alternatives lined out in the article are for people who don't have Office 2007 but still have to view Docx files somehow.

by Anonymous on 12. February 2010 - 20:28  (43454)

very usefull indeed. thx

by Anonymous on 12. February 2010 - 9:27  (43430)

great. found word viewer from ms. all i needed.thx

by rhiannon on 12. February 2010 - 22:01  (43462)

Excellent. Glad to help.

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