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Whether you like it or not, DOC files are a standard for sharing documents online these days. The problem comes when someone emails you a DOC file and you don't have Microsoft Office installed on that computer. Don't worry: even if you don't have Word on your system, there are other ways to open DOC files without Word - and all three of them for free:

1. Google Docs

Google's online suite not only creates and saves documents as DOC, but also works with DOC files imported from your hard drive. So if you ever find yourself with a DOC file on a Word-less computer, head to Google Docs in a web browser and click the Upload button. You'll be able to import files from your hard drive, up to 1024 MB - 500 KB per DOC file.

Three ways to open DOC files without Word

2. Microsoft Office Word Viewer

This handy app lets you view and print DOC files with ease. Microsoft Office Word Viewer has no editing functions at all, but works with documents created with all versions of Microsoft Word, including the latest format DOCX. If you really need to edit the text, you can always use the trick of copying and pasting it into another application.

Three ways to open DOC files without Word

3. Abiword

This light word processor doesn't have as many options and tools as Microsoft Word, but works perfectly fine as document editor. Abiword works with DOC files - as well as other formats- and can be easily extended in functionality with plug-ins. There's even a portable version in case you don't want to install extra software on the computer.

Three ways to open DOC files without Word

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  • Mike.Smith |
    11/08/10
    Mike.Smith

    I think that it would be worthty to also mention OpenOffice.org

    In my opinion this free office package is the closest thing to Microsoft word. The newest version has also improved .doc file processing so despite the compatibility is not 100% it has increased dramaticaly.

    As for online word processors, also Zoho.com is good alternative to Google Documents.

  • K King |
    11/08/10
    K King

    For Mac users TextEdit an application which comes with Mac OSX is a basic word processor. It can load .doc Word files as well as save a file in the .doc format.

  • nvm |
    07/12/10
    nvm

    thx dude

  • nasa1972 |
    18/12/10
    nasa1972

    I have always problem to open words and PDF

  • SYED YOUSUF |
    07/01/11
    SYED YOUSUF

    ALL WAYS FACING PROBLEM WHILE OPENING MS-OFFICE 2007 FILES IN MS-OFFICE-2000/2003.

  • Olabisi |
    25/01/11
    Olabisi

    The problem of opening mail documents in word 2003 led me to this site. it has been frustrating and can turn somebody as irresponsible at work.

  • desta lemlem |
    05/02/11
    desta lemlem

    this is really interesting.i have faced several times in opening of ducuments. and this can really help

  • lasitha |
    09/04/11
    lasitha

    thank u somuch

  • palminder |
    10/05/11
    palminder

    i have always problem with word and pdf file

  • Mannal |
    14/05/11
    Mannal

    I can't open blank page of Microsoft word.

  • JACOBS |
    23/05/11
    JACOBS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOU VERY KIND ADVICE.

  • masood |
    11/06/11
    masood

    thank's dear

  • Bleh |
    20/06/11
    Bleh

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  • Bleh |
    20/06/11
    Bleh

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  • safe |
    20/06/11
    safe

    safe

  • Safemumuntaz |
    20/06/11
    Safemumuntaz

    Safe

  • nisar azizi |
    21/08/11
    nisar azizi

    thanks for information, great job.

  • jamil |
    09/09/11
    jamil

    gd

  • LS |
    03/10/11
    LS

    Open office isn't compatible with Windows 7.

  • Gift |
    08/10/11
    Gift

    Thank you very much madam for your advice

  • Hindi |
    25/10/11
    Hindi

    Open office isn't compatible with Windows 7

  • alifshaah |
    09/07/13
    alifshaah

    useful

  • glineus |
    15/09/13
    glineus

    I have opened the file but cannot work with it. How do you work with the file?

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