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What is a doc file and how do I open a doc file?

A .DOC file, or document, is a file extension for word processing documents in the Microsoft Word Binary file format. Microsoft Word program is a word processor that is included in Microsoft Office Suite. A DOC file can contain formatted text, images, tables, graphs, charts, page formatting, and print settings. DOC formats have evolved slightly through the years. Microsoft Word introduced OpenXML, using a DOCX extension, in 2007. Contents of documents using Word can also be printed in a variety of sizes and it is capable of being displayed on different devices provided the device operating system can read DOC files. The Binary format of Word file starts with the file Information block which is the node of all file data. The Links in the Information block allows applications to seek objects and texts in the file which then computes for the properties of the given objects. In the 1980s, WordPerfect used the .DOC as the extension of their proprietary format until it switched to .WPD. In the 1990s Microsoft chose to use the DOC extension for their proprietary Microsoft Word format. The .DOC file format was a closed specification for several years, inconsistent handling of the format persists and may cause some loss of formatting information when handling the same file with multiple word processing programs. There were specifications for Microsoft Office 97 binary file formats which were published in 1997 under a restrictive license, however Microsoft removed these specifications from online download in 1999.

HOW TO OPEN A .DOC FILE?

Launch a .doc file, or other files on your computer, by double-clicking the file. If file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .doc file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .doc files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .doc file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a .doc file will open the correct application.

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Detail doc file extension information:
File Type: doc
File Format: Microsoft Word Document
Primary Association: Microsoft Office Files
Mime Type: application/doc, application/vnd.framemaker, application/vnd.msword, application/vnd.ms-word, application/winword, application/word, application/x-fm, application/x-framemaker, application/x-maker, application/x-msw6, application/x-msword