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.DOT File Extension

File Type 1Word Document Template

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CategoryPage Layout Files


This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

What is a DOT file?

Template created by Microsoft Word, a word processing application; contains pre-formatted document settings, such as headers, footers, margins, font sizes, and other common page styles; used to create multiple documents that have similar formatting, such as company letterheads, business memos, or envelopes.

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Some templates are included with Microsoft Word while others are created by Word users. The Normal template (Normal.dot file) stores the default document template that is opened when users open Word.

Common DOT Filenames

Normal.dot - Default template used for creating new documents in Microsoft Word.

Open and view .DOT files with File Viewer Plus.
Programs that open DOT files
File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Word 2016
Microsoft Word Viewer
Apache OpenOffice
Microsoft Word 2016
Planamesa NeoOffice
Apache OpenOffice
Apache OpenOffice
Updated 6/4/2015

File Type 2Graphviz Graph File

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CategoryData Files


This file is saved in a plain text format. You can open and view the contents of this file using a text editor.

.DOT File Association 2

Mathematical graph created using the DOT language, which allows the specification of undirected and directed graphs; saved in a plain text format and contains the definitions of nodes and edges that make up the graph; used for visualizing relationships between entities.

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NOTE: Graphviz graphs now use the .GV extension. The ".dot" extension was deprecated so that no conflict would exist between Graphviz graph files and Microsoft Word document templates, which also use the ".dot" extension.

Programs that open DOT files
Updated 8/9/2011

.DOT Extension Information

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