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Microsoft Word

(as of 11/9/2016)

Software Overview

Main Features

  • Industry standard, widely-used word processing program
  • Customized application workspace toolbar layouts
  • Document templating and custom page formatting
  • Real-time co-authoring in Word
  • Integrated graphics drawing and image manipulation
  • Mail merge document generation and database integration
  • Advanced macro scripting support

Microsoft Word is an industry-standard word processing program included in the Microsoft Office suite along with Excel and PowerPoint. It is used for authoring documents for personal and business use.

Word includes basic page and text formatting capabilities, and offers several advanced features, such as mail merge, change tracking, document merging, and macro scripting. Newer versions of Word save documents in the Office Open XML .DOCX format, while earlier versions of the program use the proprietary .DOC format. And, with support for the OpenDocument (.ODT) format, you can now edit all three of standard DOCX files, PDF files, and ODT files. Word also provides support for embedded online pictures and videos, enabling rich content within documents.

The Word user interface streamlines the process of creating new documents from document templates. Once you select a template (or blank document), you have a myriad of ribbon-style toolbars and other options available for authoring and styling documents. Among its multitude of features, Word provides collaborative editing and review tools for teams. The "Track Changes" feature allows users to keep a history of changes, which is useful when multiple users are working on a single document. Also, the commenting and reply system allows teams to have short discussions of document content. Word includes thousands of downloadable online document templates, which serve as a starting point for creating new documents. Templates are available for several types of documents, including business forms, labels, envelopes, menus, newsletters, planners, and home and educational documents. Custom templates (which are saved .DOT and .DOTX files) can also be created for company letterheads and other types of documents that require a consistent look and feel.

If you have ever created a document in school or at work, you most likely have used Microsoft Word. It is an industry standard word processor for creating book reports, academic publications, business documents, recipes, and more. Its support of popular formats and wide usage make Microsoft Word the best choice for all of your word processing needs.

▶ Primary file extension

.DOCX – Microsoft Word Open XML Document

▶ Other file extensions used by Microsoft Word 2016

Supported File Types
.BMPBitmap Image File
.CRTXOffice 2007 Chart Template File
.DOCWordPad Document
.DOCMicrosoft Word Document
.DOCHTMLMicrosoft Word HTML Document
.DOCMWord Open XML Macro-Enabled Document
.DOCMHTMLMicrosoft Word MIME HTML Document
.DOCXMicrosoft Word Open XML Document
.DOTWord Document Template
.DOTHTMLMicrosoft Word HTML Document Template
.DOTMWord Open XML Macro-Enabled Document Template
.DOTXWord Open XML Document Template
.EFTXOffice 2007 Theme Effect File
.EMFEnhanced Windows Metafile
.GIFGraphical Interchange Format File
.ODTOpenDocument Text Document
.PDFPortable Document Format File
.PICTPicture File
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.PSWPocket Word Document
.PWIPocket Word Document
.RTFRich Text Format File
.TXTPlain Text File
.WBKWord Document Backup
.WIZMicrosoft Wizard File
.WLLMicrosoft Word Add-in
Additional Related File Formats
.ASDWord AutoSave File
.AWAnswer Wizard File
.BPSWorks Document Backup
.CDRCorelDRAW Image File
.CGMComputer Graphics Metafile
.CSVComma Separated Values File
.DDFDiamond Directive File
.DIBDevice Independent Bitmap File
.DICDictionary File
.DICPROOFMicrosoft Dictionary Proofing File
.DXFDrawing Exchange Format File
.EPSEncapsulated PostScript File
.EXDControl Information Cache File
.FPXFlashPix Bitmap Image File
.GLYWord Glossary File
.GRAMicrosoft Graph File
.HTMHypertext Markup Language File
.HTMLHypertext Markup Language File
.HTXHTML Extension File
.INIWindows Initialization File
.ISSInno Setup Script
.MEReadme Text File
.MHTMHTML Web Archive
.OLBOLE Object Library
.OLKOutlook Address Book File
.OTMOutlook Macro File
.OUTOutput File
.PABPersonal Address Book
.PCDKodak Photo CD Image File
.PCTPicture File
.PCXPaintbrush Bitmap Image File
.PWDSolid Edge Weldment Document
.PWTPocket Word Template
.RELSOpen Office XML Relationships File
.RLERun Length Encoded Bitmap
.SAMAmi Pro Document
.SBVYouTube Captions File
.SHSMicrosoft Scrap File
.THMXOffice 2007 Theme File
.TIFTagged Image File
.TIFFTagged Image File Format
.TMPTemporary File
.VMLVector Markup Language File
.VSSVisio Stencil File
.WMFWindows Metafile
.WPCWordPad Converter File
.WPDWordPerfect Document
.WPFWordPerfect Form
.WPTWorks Template
.WRIMicrosoft Write Document
.XPSXML Paper Specification File

Updated: November 9, 2016