how to open a .docx. document in .doc?

September 1, 2015 at 04:17:32
Specs: Windows XP
Hello sir,

I copied a word document in a pen drive from pc and opened it in another pc but it does not open and displaying a window showing
1. windows 2. ms-dos 3. default.
and it showing a .docx. file. More over i tried to convert it in .doc but it showing a message that the ".exe format "will not convert.



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#1
September 1, 2015 at 04:38:19
First of all go to "Control Panel > Folder Options > View tab" and make sure the blob is in "Show hidden files, folders and drives".

Recheck the file extension to make sure there is not an "exe" showing. If so it is likely a virus.

Doc and docx are quite different. Docx is a compressed file and requires the right program. What Word Processor program are you using (give its year too if Microsoft)? Depending on your answer we can then advise you.

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#2
September 1, 2015 at 04:44:29
.docx is the current/default file format for M$ Word created documents. Earlier version (I think it as after XP) used .doc format.

There is free download add-on for all versions of Office/Word/Excel etc. (a viewer) that enables the .docx to be accessed/used by those versions of Word etc. that do not create .docx format. Once it opened you can then save it as .doc format.

Personally anything I send out from Office goes in the .doc format as not "everyone" has docx versiins of apps; and Office Libre etc don't like docx..


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#3
September 1, 2015 at 05:05:41
There is also a compatibility pack if you have an old MS Word version, which is a better bet than a viewer. So, as said, it is best to let us know what Word Processor you are using so that we can focus our advice.

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#4
September 1, 2015 at 06:43:22
I'm not a "sir," but... what version of Word is installed on the computer on which you tried to open the file?

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#5
September 1, 2015 at 08:50:51
Beginning with Office 2007, the default format for saving Word documents is .docx. Unfortunately, this format is not backward compatible. As a result, users with prior version of Microsoft Office, are unable to open or recognize this file format and are therefore unable to view .docx files.

i_Xp/Vista/W7/W10 User


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#6
September 1, 2015 at 10:12:31
Simple thing for you to do is this. Go back to the original file on the host computer. Open the document and save AS .doc. That is an option there. Now copy it to your pen drive and open it with your version of Word.

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#7
September 1, 2015 at 13:21:48
This MS Compatibility Pack will allow you to open docx, and other compressed Office formats ending with x, if you have an early version of Office:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/dow...

This is the simple MS Word viewer which will open docx
https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/dow...

I've used both but generally prefer the first one as it is more comprehensive. If you haven't got any form of MS Word installed then use the viewer. You can then always highlight the text and copy it into Word to create an old style doc if you so wish.

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#8
September 1, 2015 at 19:03:10
4 or 5 years ago three committee members were all using different older versions of Word. Someone sent us docx files so we each installed the compatibility packs for our versions. When we got to our next meeting each of us had slightly different files. So my spin on the compatibility packs is avoid if possible.

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#9
September 1, 2015 at 20:06:16
Another option is to install openoffice.org which if a free download and can open the newer Word formats and then if you like you can Save-As and select 'Word 97/XP' which will save it as .doc format. There may be some minor formatting differences but generally I have found that it is reasonably the same and certainly readable.

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#10
September 3, 2015 at 00:35:24
Hi Derek how r u,
Derek actually the word document which i copied from another pc and as i opened in my pc it shows it as .docx, so when i try to convert it into word.doc document through online converter it displayed a message showing "the .exe file cannot be convert". i think u r right that it might be due to virus, so please tell what to do next.

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#11
September 3, 2015 at 03:10:30
Microsoft has a compatibility pack for older office suite that run on XP:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ph/dow...

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#12
September 3, 2015 at 07:38:17
sluc

Err, that's the link I gave in #7. It's not just for XP.

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#13
September 3, 2015 at 07:45:57
please tell what to do next
Follow the first two lines in my #1 to see if the file extension is really exe. If so it might be a virus so let us know.

If it still shows as a docx then it isn't a virus so either get the compatibility pack or the viewer.

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#14
September 4, 2015 at 05:43:56
Gulam, you never really answered the question about the version of Word that's running on the computer. Is it Office 2003 or Office XP?

Can you go back to the original computer and change the file to a .doc instead of .docx?


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#15
September 4, 2015 at 23:57:00
beachyhbt, i am having ms-office 2003 in my pc. i copied the word document from another pc through pen drive next when i connect pen drive to my pc the word document label changed. when i opened it, it showing a window. displaying that windows, default, ms-dos. and something is written in diifferent language.



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#16
September 5, 2015 at 08:30:10
That is exactly what you would expect - you are seeing the compressed file contents, which will look like nonsense. YOU NEED either the compatibility pack or the viewer - see the links I gave you in #7. The advantage of this is that it any new docx files will then open quite normally.

The only other way is to use an online converter but that is messy if you need to do it a lot. If you really must, here's one (which I haven't tried):
http://www.zamzar.com/convert/docx-...
See also the explanations underneath which are in line with what we've been saying. Have confidence, run with the flow and take the advice you've been given.

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#17
September 5, 2015 at 20:29:32
You might be able to create a Gmail account and use their online document editors to view it. They have viewers/editors that are compatable with Word documents and Excel spreadsheets.

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