What is a .docx file?

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Has someone sent you a file where the filename ends in .docx?  Don’t know what is is, how to open it?

Well I am about to tell you all about it 🙂

.docx is the new file extension for Word 2007 files (file extension is a complicated way of saying the bit at the end of the filename).  It is what files created in the new version of Word are saved in by default.

If you don’t have Word 2007, there are a couple of options you can choose to open the file.

1) Ask your friend or colleague to re-save it for Word 97-2003 and then send it to you again.  This would have to be the most pain free way of doing it – make your friend do all the work 🙂

2) Download the free Compatibility Pack for the 2007 Office system from Microsoft.  This will allow you to open Word documents in the docx format using Word 2003.  You can find out more about it here – http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word/HA100444731033.aspx

3) Buy or upgrade to Word 2007.  This is a bit more of a personal choice – if you can afford it Word 2007 (in fact the rest of Office 2007 as well) is in my opinion a whole lot easier to use than the 2003 versions once you get used to them.  But again if upgrading is not an option price wise, then the first two options will work just fine for you.



So there you have it – what is, and how to open a docx file.  Just in case you run into them in the future, other Office 2007 programs have similar file extensions.  For example, PowerPoint files that used to be ppt, are now pptx.  Likewise, Excel files that used to be xls, are now xlsx.

’till next time!

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