What is a .DOCX File And How To Open It – Microsoft (Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .docx extension and you don’t know what it is? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .docx file extension and how to open it.

What is a .DOCX file?

The .DOCX file extension is from Microsoft Word Document. The developer of this file extension is Microsoft. The file has the zip format, and it is a text related file.

What to know

There are currently 16 software that can open the .docx file on 6 platforms.

How to open a .DOCX file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .DOCX file on various operating systems.

How to open a .DOCX file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .docx file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the LibreOffice software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: OpenOffice Writer, Hancom Office Word, SoftMaker Office, Kingsoft Writer and LibreOffice.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .DOCX file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the LibreOffice software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .DOCX file on Mac

To open the .docx file on Mac, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the LibreOffice software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Apple Pages, Apple Preview, Planamesa NeoOffice, OpenOffice Writer, Kingsoft Writer, Hancom Office Word and LibreOffice.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .DOCX file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the LibreOffice software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .DOCX file on Linux

The .docx file can be opened in 4 steps on Linux.

1. The first step is to download the LibreOffice software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: OpenOffice Writer, Kingsoft Writer, Hancom Office Word and LibreOffice.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .DOCX file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the LibreOffice software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .DOCX file on Android

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .docx file on Android in simple steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .DOCX file in the download folder

The first step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

If you try clicking the file, it will show you the error above.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

You need to locate the Google Play Store and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the Microsoft OneDrive software and install it. The other software that opens the .docx file on Android is Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Kingsoft WPS Office for Android, Google Drive, MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro and Microsoft OneDrive. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Android.

How to open a .DOCX file on iOS

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .docx file on iOS in few easy steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Finding your files in the download folder

The first step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 2

Image2: Can’t open the file

To open the file, you will need to download the Microsoft OneDrive software. Please search for it in the iOS App Store and install it. The other software that opens the .docx file on iOS is Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, Google Docs, MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. That’s all, now you have open your file on iOS.

How to open a .DOCX file in the Browser

The currently known web apps that can open this file are: Dropbox, Google Docs, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. Just right click on the file and choose “Open With” on your OS.

Still cannot open the .DOCX file?

If you cannot open the .DOCX file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .DOCX file.docxml – Microsoft, .docz – Hancom, .dochtml – Microsoft, .dok – SoftwareOK, .dol – Nintendo. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .DOCX file with the LibreOffice, OpenOffice Writer, Hancom Office Word, SoftMaker Office, Kingsoft Writer programs on Windows, LibreOffice, Apple Pages, Apple Preview, Planamesa NeoOffice, OpenOffice Writer, Kingsoft Writer, Hancom Office Word programs on Mac, LibreOffice, OpenOffice Writer, Kingsoft Writer, Hancom Office Word software on Linux, Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Kingsoft WPS Office for Android, Google Drive, MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro software on Android, Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, Google Docs, MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro, Google Drive software on iOS and Dropbox, Google Docs, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive programs in the Browser.