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

Introduction

While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .dot extension. Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. Thanks to this easy guide you will be able to find out what .dot file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .DOT file?

The .DOT file extension stands for Microsoft Word Document Template (Legacy). This file extension belongs to the developer Microsoft.

What to know

There are currently 8 software that can open the .dot file on 6 platforms.

How to open a .DOT file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .DOT file on various operating systems.

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

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

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

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .DOT 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. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Kingsoft Writer software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .DOT file on Mac

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

1. In the first step you need to download the Kingsoft Writer software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Apple Pages, Apple Preview, Planamesa NeoOffice, OpenOffice Writer and Kingsoft Writer.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .DOT 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, after locating your file, right click on it and click “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 Kingsoft Writer software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .DOT file on Linux

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

1. In the first step you need to download the Kingsoft Writer 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 and Kingsoft Writer.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .DOT 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 Kingsoft Writer software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .DOT file on Android

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

Step 1

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

First of all 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 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

While trying to open the file, it won’t work.

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

To open the file, you will need to download the Google Docs software. Please search for it in the Google Play Store and install it. The other software that opens the .dot file on Android is Google Docs. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Android.

How to open a .DOT file on iOS

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

Step 1

Image 1: Finding your files 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: Can’t open the file

To open the file, you will need to download the Google Docs software. Please search for it in the iOS App Store and install it. You could also download the Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word and Google Docs software. That’s all, now you have open your file on iOS.

How to open a .DOT file in the Browser

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

Still cannot open the .DOT file?

If you cannot open the .DOT file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .DOT file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .dot – AT&T;. 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 .DOT file with the Kingsoft Writer, OpenOffice Writer programs on Windows, Kingsoft Writer, Apple Pages, Apple Preview, Planamesa NeoOffice, OpenOffice Writer programs on Mac, Kingsoft Writer, OpenOffice Writer software on Linux, Google Docs software on Android, Google Docs, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word software on iOS and Google Docs program in the Browser.