Solved How can I open a DOCX file

October 9, 2013 at 07:08:37
Specs: Windows XP
My book was sent to me in PDF file, I could not work on it or convert it to word. Now it was sent as DOCX file and now it will not even open.
Thanks for all the help.

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#1
October 9, 2013 at 07:21:10
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You must have a really old version of Word. Read this: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/w...

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#2
October 9, 2013 at 07:22:28
What version of MS Office are you running> Docx files will open in office 2010 and 2013. You should ask the person that sent it to you to convert it to 2003, by going to savas and selecting 2003 from the drop down.

I assume you have an earlier version of Office which does not support Docx.

Alternatively you could upgrade to the latest version.


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#3
October 9, 2013 at 07:41:44
Hi

As rightly suggested by "Razor2.3", try installing the compatibility pack.

If the issue persists, try installing open office to open docx file. Refer to the link below for OpenOffice:

http://bit.ly/2EbQUN

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#4
October 9, 2013 at 08:46:15
"Docx files will open in office 2010 and 2013"

They also open with Office 2007, Apache OpenOffice, & LibreOffice. Open & Libre are both free.

http://www.openoffice.org/why/

http://www.libreoffice.org/features/


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#5
October 9, 2013 at 09:03:03
Thank you for your advise. I downloaded the 3 pack and pressed safe. Now I cannot find it. I am a complete idiot but I do not know where all my downloads are. I have Open Office and can try that but please let me know how to get my downloads.

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#6
October 9, 2013 at 09:13:09
As a second option if you are a google drive user, you can also open and edit with that setup as well.

::mike

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#7
October 9, 2013 at 09:59:01
Depends on the web browser you use, but I think the default for IE8 in WinXP is the "My Documents" folder.

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#8
October 9, 2013 at 11:15:34
Two ways to deal with download locations:
First read the file name so that if it isn't obvious where it is going to you can search for it. Secondly download it again and note the name. If it goes to the same place it will ask if you want to overwrite it - no need to obviously.

The compatibility pack will allow MS Office 2000 and 2003 to handle docx and other "x" files too. Last time I had Open office it could open most docx files but it was not so good at handling other "x" files - current version of OO might be better.

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#9
October 9, 2013 at 11:53:29
Thanks for your input. Got me on the way

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#10
October 9, 2013 at 11:54:51
Thanks, yes very old version.

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#11
October 9, 2013 at 12:01:11
Thank you all! I have a laptop with "7" so I will use it. I also have Open Office and will try that. Thanks all,

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#12
October 9, 2013 at 12:07:26
Here's one more: http://www.ksosoft.com/product/writ...

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#13
October 9, 2013 at 13:12:06
"Here's one more from riider"

+2, that's what I use, bundled in with Kingsoft Office Suite Free

http://www.freewarefiles.com/Kingso...
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http://www.kingsoftstore.com/kingso...

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#14
October 9, 2013 at 20:36:07
Another way. Docx is just the new word format. You could also simply renamed the file to .doc, no "x" and then your version of word would have opened it.

So. testfile.docx
renamed testfile.doc

will now open for you. The other ideas are all good, but this is a quick alternate.


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#15
October 10, 2013 at 00:21:05
You could also have stuck with the original PDF file and used a PDF editor to make any needed changes. I haven't tried this one but it looks OK:

http://en.pdf24.org/pdf-editor.jsp


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#16
October 10, 2013 at 04:38:10
Re #14

Interesting to know and surprising because docx is a compressed file, so its hard do see how it was read without a de-compressor. Did you try renaming to doc on a computer where there was no installed package already available which could read docx naturally?

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#17
October 10, 2013 at 05:29:47
Yeah, the docx file format is a bunch of XML files zipped up and renamed to a docx file. The old doc format wasn't much more than Word's memory dump of the document. That's why you see so many word processing programs using the new Office format. Well, that and MS released the new formats to the public.

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#18
October 10, 2013 at 09:00:16
Razor2.3
Your link is a good explanation. Pre MS Office 2007 would not have any inbuilt mechanism to open these extension renamed or not.

Re #14
If you already have software that opens docx by renaming to doc then a neater way would be to associate docx extension with Word.

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