What is a ._DOCX File And How To Open It (Simple Steps)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the ._docx extension and you don’t know what it is? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be 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 file extension ._DOCX stands for Renamed Microsoft Word Document. This text related file is in zip format.

What to know

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

How to open a ._DOCX file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the ._DOCX file on your operating system/device.

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

The ._docx file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

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. 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: 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. In the first step you need to download the LibreOffice software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Apple Pages, Planamesa NeoOffice, OpenOffice Writer, Kingsoft Writer, Hancom Office Word, LibreOffice and Apple Preview.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your ._DOCX file

2. In the second step you need to locate 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: 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. 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”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a ._DOCX file on Linux

There are 4 simple steps to open the ._docx file on Linux.

1. In the first step you need to download the LibreOffice software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use 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. 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: 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. Click on the software and click “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. 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: 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

Please locate the app “Google Play Store” (picture above) 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 Kingsoft WPS Office for Android software and install it. The other software that opens the ._docx file on Android is Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, Google Docs and Kingsoft WPS Office for Android. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Android.

How to open a ._DOCX file on iOS

The ._docx file can be opened on iOS.

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. You could also download the Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, Google Docs, MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive software. Congratulations! You can now 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._eml – Microsoft, ._nws – Microsoft, ._playmusicid – Google, ._sys.lfo – Adware File, ._xls – Renamed Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet (Legacy). 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, Planamesa NeoOffice, OpenOffice Writer, Kingsoft Writer, Hancom Office Word, Apple Preview programs on Mac, LibreOffice, OpenOffice Writer, Kingsoft Writer, Hancom Office Word software on Linux, Kingsoft WPS Office for Android, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, Google Docs 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.