How To Open Microsoft Word 2007 docx Files

word 2007 docx   How To Open Microsoft Word 2007 docx FilesHave you ever received one of those files with the .docx extension and wondered what to do with it ? It can’t be viewed in older Word versions, so how can you open a docx file then? Well I have and the last time I couldn’t open a document, I was so frustrated I decided to look online for a solution.

It turns out that .docx is the new default file format for Microsoft Word 2007 and they even have xlsx and pptx for Excel 2007 and PowerPoint 2007 respectively. Microsoft probably thought that by making these the default formats, everyone would actually be upgrading to the new version of Office as soon as it was released. Well, I haven’t upgraded till now and have no inclination to upgrade for the next couple of months also.

That said, a lot of my friends have slowly moved over to the dark side and are sending me docx and pptx files all the time. In my quest to find the ultimate docx viewer online, I have come across a couple of resources that I’d like to share with you guys today.

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack

To be fair, Microsoft didn’t leave us poor souls all alone. They did release the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for users of older versions of Office, to let them view and edit Office 2007 formats like docx, pptx and xlsx. If you’re one of those who owns a previous version of MS Office, this is probably the easiest way to go. The compatibility pack is a free and small (30MB) download from Microsoft.

On the other hand, If you’re as lazy as I am and only want to open docx file then Word viewer (docx viewer), PowerPoint viewer or the Excel viewer are perfect for the task. You don’t need the full version of Office installed to use any of the above viewers.

OpenOffice 3

ooo thumb   How To Open Microsoft Word 2007 docx FilesOpenOffice is a free and open source alternative to Microsoft’s Office suite and the latest version of the product, version 3, includes native support for Office 2007 formats.

OpenOffice only can be used as a viewer for docx right now so editing the file and saving in the same format is not possible. You can only open office docx files and view them. Saving in the older office .doc format is possible though, for those who want to go that route.

Use Zamzar to Convert from docx to doc

zam logo   How To Open Microsoft Word 2007 docx Files Zamzar is an online service to convert files between various formats, docx (and pptx and xlsx) being one of them.

The website is free of advertisements and the service speedy. What more can you ask for ? All that Zamzar asks for is your email address to send over a link to the converted document, and of course the original document.

Just point your browser to the website, upload your document, give your email address and you’re done. No need to download any docx viewer.

You might also want to check out Docx Converter – site that lets you convert docx file to html. And as you may know html documents can be opened with any web browser.

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You should receive an email from Zamzar within a couple of minutes with a link to the converted document.

Firefox Plugin to open docx files

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Microsoft has also been working on a plugin for Firefox called the OpenXML viewer which is a viewer for docx files and can open docx file inside the Firefox browser as if it were an HTML file. Of course, you can’t edit the file but if viewing the file is all you want, this is probably the easiest solution.

To install the plugin, download it from this site and unzip it. Now, using Firefox, open the .xpi file (File->Open) and install the plugin. You will be asked to restart Firefox and once you restart, the new plugin should be there for you to view all your docx files.

Are there any other tools that you guys use to view/edit Office 2007 files ? Let us know in the comments.

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T.J. Mininday

I was so glad to see that Open Office started supporting ‘x’ files. Using conversion tools added additional unneeded annoyances.

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Hayley

Wouldn’t it just be easier to get whoever is sending you the docx file to save in compatibility mode?

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Sharninder

Yes, compatibility mode is always better but most people don’t go through the trouble before saving a file. And asking them again is just a waste of time, more so if you’re working with people in a different time zone, like I do.

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venkat

There are still people who stuck to office2003\XP like me it will be very useful to have office computability pack and add-on installed for easier view of Office 2007 documents.

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Bruce M

The Firefox extension OpenXMLViewer is great! I didn’t know about it. I can now open docx files right from my email. Don’t need to download it first and have Word take a long time to convert the docx file just to open it.
Thanks for the list.

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Sharninder

@Bruce: You’re welcome :-)

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IMOdotcom

This is a GREAT post.

Very Helpful.

Thanks You !!! – — IMOdotcom —

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drmony

ya it was very necceasry to view this format

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Sharon Alexander

I’m having the problem that I have the new MSWord on my Mac, and even though I am converting all files to .doc, people still can’t read the files I send, and, in addition, I am receiving .doc files that my computer chooses to download as folders full of unreadable data. The result is unreadable files both directions. Extremely frustrating. Where to go for help? Is there an MS Word helpdesk?

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Sharninder

I’m quite sure that if you purchased a legal copy of MS Office, you’re entitled to support. But, I have no idea how to contact MS support since I personally use Openoffice for most of my work. Try checking the support section of microsoft.com

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ron-ron

i know

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Storm Chorus

Change all your word documents to pdf. and everyone can read them. Nothing will move around on the page and your document is locked and read only.

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ron-ron

hi

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ron-ron

hillow

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jia

I downloaded the word viewer to view my .docx files but it’s still not opening up. Anyone know what’s wrong?

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repp

Try using http://www.pdfonline.com to convert Microsoft files to PDF files.
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Supported Formats:

-MS Word (DOC) -HTML (MHT)
-MS Word (RTF) -Text (TXT)
-MS PowerPoint (PPT) -JPG, PNG
-MS PowerPoint (PPS) -BMP, TIFF
-MS Publisher (PUB) -WMF, EMF, GIF
-MS Excel (XLS)