A DOC file is a Word processing document created by Microsoft Word, a word processor included with all versions of Microsoft Office. It may contain formatted text, images, tables, graphs, charts, page formatting, and print settings.
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DOC files are used to create a variety of documents including letters, resumes, essays, and invitations. When you create a document in Word you can choose to save it in the DOC file format. The program then creates a DOC file to store the contents of the document, which can be closed and opened again for further editing. When you are done editing your DOC file you can print it or save it as another file such as .PDF or .DOT.
The DOC file was designated as Microsoft Word's primary format in 1983. However, DOC files created by Microsoft Word 97 to 2003 versions differ from from DOC files created by Word 97 and earlier. In 2006, the .DOCX file replaced the DOC file with the release of Microsoft Word 2007. The DOCX file stores documents in the OpenXML format.