Open and Read DOCX Without Microsoft Office 2003, 2007 and 2010

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Open and Read DOCX without Microsoft Office 2003, 2007 and 2010

How to read and open Microsoft Office 2010 DOCX word format? A large group of Microsoft Office user is not aware of the change in document format from DOC to DOCX. I believe this was done intentionally by Microsoft to boost sales of Office, without this new incompatibility between the old and new Office, there is no good reason to upgrade. Microsoft Office 2000 is as good as Office 2010.

When you receive a DOCX file, you are left with 2 options, which is to convert it to DOC via online, upload and download from Google Docs or download another free word processor – OpenOffice to do the job of converting.

Open and Read DOCX without Microsoft Office 2003, 2007 and 2010

In addition to read and write support for the Microsoft Office binary file formats (.doc; .xls, .ppt, etc.), OpenOffice.org 3.0 is now capable of opening files created with Microsoft Office 2007 or Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac OS X (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx, etc.). Thus, OpenOffice.org users can interact with users still using Microsoft Office. The various filters for the Microsoft Office file formats also make mixed environments possible, so that some users stay on Microsoft Office while others use OpenOffice.org.

If you haven’t heard of OpenOffice, perhaps it is time to switch. OpenOffice is as good as Microsoft Office, after all, Office has tons of features that you might not use, why pay for a product when you are going to use 20% of the features?

p.s. Don’t you find it funny that Microsoft has no intention of releasing an add-on for previous version to read the DOCX format?

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5 comments on “Open and Read DOCX Without Microsoft Office 2003, 2007 and 2010

  1. Waleed July 11, 2010 at 2:43 am - Reply

    ((p.s. Don’t you find it funny that Microsoft has no intention of releasing an addon for previous version to read the DOCX format?))

    I liked you article really except the part above, it is not right.
    Microsoft has released a pack called
    Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack

    It is intended to allow office 2003 users to open the newer office 2007 file formats (.docx, .pptx, .etc).
    I was using it for a while before switching to office 2007.
    That doesn’t mean that openoffice.org is not a good alternative for Microsoft office at all, it simply does the job absolutely for FREE.

    Thank You.

    • GeckoFly July 11, 2010 at 9:21 am - Reply

      Yes, I’m aware of the pack. What i meant by addon is the introduction of DOCX format compatibility via service pack. Most computer users are not knowledgeable enough to know these sort of releases. I’ve seen too many people going crazy and panic when their file fails to open in a public computer (library or university) and they don’t have the option of downloading and installing the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack.

  2. Joshua May 18, 2011 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    When you attempt to open a DOCX file in Office 2003, a window pops up that explains very simply to the user that the Office 2007 file is a new format that requires installation of the “Office 2007 Compatibility Pack”….and it then volunteers to go download and install it. It’s pretty straight-forward to install the pack. Change is inevitable and this one was reallly not much trouble. And, the new DOCX format is readable by other products, so you can use them as an alternative to Office. And the new format travels better. There’s not much downside. It’s like saying Office 2000 is just as good as Office 2010… To each his own. I know someone that tells me that vinyl is better than CD. Show me someone running a 10 or 11 year old document editor (Word 2000), and I’ll show you someone resistant to change.

    • Omkar Phatak April 14, 2013 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      you cannot edit an open document, save a document, or create a … Features that do not exist in Word 2003

      • Geckoandfly April 15, 2013 at 9:04 pm - Reply

        you tell me

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