Files Types - DOC
The DOC file format is often used by Microsoft Word, also .DOC is very common amongst other word processing software. DOC is short for Document and can contain charts, formatted text, graphs, images and tables.
There are a few variations of the document file which have their own features.
||File Format Name
|.doc||Word 97-2003 Document||The binary file format for Word 97-Word 2003.|
|.docm||Word Macro-Enabled Document||The XML-based and macro-enabled file format for Word 2013, Word 2010 and Office Word 2007. Stores Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macro code.|
|.docx||Word Document||The default XML-based file format for Word 2013, Word 2010 and Office Word 2007.|
|.dot||Word 97-2003 Template||Template for Word 97-Word 2003 files.|
|.dotm||Word Macro-Enabled Template||Template for creating new Word 2013, Word 2010 and Office Word 2007 files that contain macros. Users who want to include UI customizations or macros in the template should use this file format.|
|.dotx||Word Template||Template for creating new Word 2013, Word 2010 and Office Word 2007 files that do not contain macros.|
While most computers will have software installed that can open DOC files there can be issues with interpretation of the information. Each computer, software package or even software version can layout the same DOC file differently, this is something to be mindful of when distributing files.
One way to ensure the recipient opens the document with the correct layout is to save it as a PDF, however this normally prevents the editing of the document.
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