.DOTX File Extension

Microsoft Word Template

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What is a DOTX file?

A DOTX file is a document template created by Microsoft Word, a word processing program. It contains a default layout and settings for a document, including styles, AutoText, toolbars, and macros. DOTX files are used as a baseline to create multiple .DOCX documents with the same formatting.

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Screenshot of a .dotx file in Microsoft Word 365
DOTX file open in Microsoft Word 365

Most computer users are familiar with the DOCX file, the primary file type created by Word and one of the most popular document types opened and saved by word processors. DOTX files are very similar to DOCX files but are used to store templates.

The templates contain much of the same information DOCX files contain, including text, styles, and images. They may also be password-protected, which is helpful for securing content in templates that multiple people open and edit.

DOTX files are convenient for users who need to make multiple Word documents with the same formatting and similar content, such as resumes, business plans, or newsletters.

Word also comes with pre-loaded DOTX templates that allow you to create a document with many page layout elements, fonts, and styles in place. Then, depending on your need to customize the document, you can open the DOTX file and place your new text.

NOTE: DOTX files replaced .DOT files when Microsoft released Office 2007. DOT files are saved in a binary format, while DOTX files are saved in the newer Open XML-based Word document format, which stores data as separate files and folders in a compressed Zip package.

Common DOTX Filenames

Normal.dotx - The Normal template is the default template opened when users open Word. It is stored in the file Normal.dotx and can be modified to create custom default template settings.

How to open a DOTX file

You can open DOTX files with Microsoft Word in Windows and macOS. Word is the best choice for opening DOTX files because it fully supports the formatting of Word templates, which includes text spacing, tables, and images. The software is also available for Android and iOS devices.

You can open DOTX templates with other applications, but they may not fully support the formatting of the original templates. Some examples include Apache OpenOffice Writer (multiplatform), Kingsoft Writer (multiplatform), and Apple Pages (Mac). If you are a Mac user looking to view a DOTX file, you can use Apple Preview, which comes bundled with macOS.

You can also upload DOTX files to Google Docs, a free web and mobile application allowing you to view, edit, save, and convert the document.

How to convert a DOTX file

Various word processors, including Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, and LibreOffice Writer, can convert DOTX files to other formats.

For example, in the Windows and Mac versions of Microsoft Word, select File → Save As to convert DOTX files to one of the following formats:

  • .DOCX - Microsoft Word Document
  • .DOC - Microsoft Word Document (Legacy)
  • .DOT - Microsoft Word Document Template (Legacy)
  • .ODT - OpenDocument Text Document
  • .PDF - Portable Document Format
  • .RTF - Rich Text Format
  • .TXT - Plain Text
  • .HTML - HTML Webpage
  • .XPS - XML Paper Specification (Windows only)
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