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.DOT File Extension

2 file types use the .dot file extension.

File Type 1Word Document Template

3.6 (50 Votes)
CategoryPage Layout Files

What is a DOT file?

A DOT file is a template created by Microsoft Word, a word processing application and may be opened by various word processors. It contains pre-formatted document settings, such as headers, footers, margins, font sizes, and other common page styles. DOT files are used to create multiple documents that have similar formatting, such as company letterheads, business memos, or envelopes.

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Screenshot of a .dot file in Microsoft Word 2016

DOT file open in Microsoft Word 2016

Some templates are included with Microsoft Word that allow you to create a document such as a resume, cover letter, newsletter, or business plan, with the formatting already in place. You can also create your own templates with custom page layout, fonts, and styles.

DOT files were replaced by .DOTX files with the release of Microsoft Office 2007. DOTX files are saved in the newer Open XML-based Word document format and can be opened in Microsoft Word 2007 or previous versions of Word with Open XML component support.

Common DOT Filenames

Normal.dot - Default template used for creating new documents in Microsoft Word. It is the template that is opened when users open Word.

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Programs that open DOT files

Updated 3/21/2018

File Type 2Graphviz Graph File

3.9 (15 Votes)
CategoryData Files

.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

About DOT Files

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