Friday, July 27, 2007

How to convert docx to doc without Microsoft Word 2007

Suppose, your client just emailed a Microsoft Word 2007 document ending with a .docx extension but you have no clue about how to open and print the file or convert from docx to .doc and other text formats. No worries, here's are some very simple solutions on handling .docx file when you don't have Microsoft Office Word 2007.

The .docx files, which are now the default file extension in Microsoft Word 2007, are essentially a bunch of zipped XML documents - you can even rename the file extension from .docx to .zip and then extract the file contents using Winzip or some other decompression tools.

In order to convert .docx documents to .doc format, just download the free Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack from here. This will help you open, print, edit and save .docx files in Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003.

And if you are on Mac, you can get the Microsoft Office Open XML File Format Converter for Mac here - this converts .docx to .rtf (rich text format) files which can be viewed in Office for Mac and other Mac word processors. It is also possible to open and edit a .docx file in OpenOffice or StarOffice using the free Open XML Translator from SourceForge which converts .docx Word documents to .odf and vice versa.

The Word 2007 docx format is currently not supported by GMail Word viewer or Google Docs & Spreadsheets.

Source : Digital Inspiration

171 comments:

dag.oyvind said...

There are some online conversion tools for this as well. For $5 USD you get unlimited number of conversions at http://www.docx2doc.com/ . This site does a good job converting most documents including all formatting etc.

If you just want text-extraction you could use http://docx-converter.com

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Anonymous said...

any advice on a linux machine?

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Anonymous said...

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BokachoDa said...

this writing is a copy of another article.

Written by Amit Agarwal on Monday, July 16, 2007 | Save Article As PDF
Open .docx Files Without Word 2007 or Convert Them to .doc Onlin

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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shorty said...

Thanks a ton! i was starting to Curse at MS for doing something stupid like changing their format...(i have office 2003) but this makes it ... ok ish.. :> thanks

meeeee said...

thanks for the tip!!!

iamme said...

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Robert said...

I found this for both Mac and PC user and the best part is that its free... http://www.convertmydocx.com/

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Robert said...

No problem, good luck on your job! Help the cause by spreading the word.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

OpenOffice 2.4 has support for docx so you Linux users can happily read and write to this format.

Anonymous said...

10x

Desperate Facilitator said...

I was preparing for a meeting in 24 hours and needed the critical document sent to me. It was sent in a "docx" format and I could not reach the original sender. I panicked because I do not have Word 2007. When I searched for help your blog came up and provided a solution! I was relieved and so appreciate the simplicity of your instructions to resolve my dilemma. Thank you!!!!

jey said...

thanks for the help...appreciate it

Anonymous said...

Hi,

When I create .docx using Open XML SDK provided by Microsoft, the compatibility pack does not work. I'm using a .docx template and programmatically fill data. The filled in data is not visible through Word 2003 with compatibility pack, but it shows correctly in Word 2007

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Anonymous said...

thanks alot.

your blog is really helpful.

I'm a student and i am making my reviewers for the upcoming exams next week. i made these reviewers at home (Vista, Microsoft Word 2007) but i need to continue it the next day in my laptop IN my cousin's house.

i was wondering how to convert these .docx files to microsoft word 2003.

it's really helpful. thanks again!

:)

Anonymous said...

Dude, I saw people charging up to AUD$100 for converting these files. Thankyou for your tips. Much appreciated
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Anonymous said...

It is not working in XML. What method to use????? I agree with zip rename but what to do with all xml? I need the text :(

Crimson said...

All those converters works partially. We have complex spec sheets we produce for lighting components with graphic, table, formated text, columns, header, footer, etc.

The only way of getting out of all that shit has been to just drop Office altogether and replace by Open Office which use a real standard and open file format: OpenDOC.

M$ wants you to believe DocX is an open standard, it's totally FALSE! It's been 3 generations we fight with the M$ crippled and proprietary file format, that's ENOUGH.

Artmom said...

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Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the entry. I've been looking for a reliable way to use docx in OpenOffice but could find no way. I had to download the Microsoft word viewer... but it stopped working. Anyway, thank you again.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for this very informative page - but the link for the Mac compatibility pack is no longer working.

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Donald Axel said...

Linux users using OpenOffice.org-2.4.1 may have to install the OdfConverter before OOo can convert docx to odt.

Thank you for the links.

Chris said...

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Many thanks for this. I faced a lot of problems to open the docx document.

I'm using word 2003 and the docx just disturbing for me.

Now I have the problem solve with this.

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Anonymous said...

Renaming to zip works fine for me, thanks.

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Anonymous said...

Hello. Thank you for this site. I have had my computer for 3 months and who knew that MS had screwed me by using docx. I have looked at the sites you offer and have had no luck with conversion...BUT...I appreciate your information anyway.
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B-side said...

many thanks! i dont really know what is the idea of creating such a stupid thing as ".docx" files. at least, if they're were compatible with other versions of the office...

anyway, you've just saved my day!

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Thanks Shaon
Before I saw this I was assuming I couldn't open 2007 files sent to me. Works perfectly. Well done!

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for this but I am facing a problem at my site. I have few Windows 2000 Pro machine, the conversion software runs good on Windows XP but on Windows 2000 it just runs in Administrator Login, if we provide users even local admin rights even then it is not converting the doc.

Please provide the solution.

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breadman said...

Hope you can help, I downloaded Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack. now what, no directions, don't see any difference in any Word menus. opened my docx file to convert to my 2003 and got binary code. don't see anyway to do another conversion. how do you run the converter once you've installed it. help. this is a recommendation Letter for my wife that one of here professors gave her. I'm gettin tired of emailing people to resend there letters back in 2003 version. thanks

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How to convert Docx to Doc from command line or using some VBScript?

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