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Saturday, November 03, 2007

How to open .docx files easily without Office 2007

As you might know - Microsoft Office 2007 introduced a new file format called the Microsoft Open Office XML Format (.docx). But unfortunately this format is not compatible with older versions of Microsoft Word(like Office 2003 / Word XP) or with alternative operating systems like Linux or Mac OS X. Nor is it compatible with other word processing applications like OpenOffice, Lotus 123, or NeoOffice.

Below are some easy solutions on how you can still open your docx files in other systems and also easily convert it to previous versions of Word.

  • Install the latest version of Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack and it'll be able to detect the docx file format and help you convert it to .doc file format.
  • Use the Online Solution found here to convert your docx to be used in other formats too.


  1. N!T!N said,

    thanks for the wonderful useful post . i needed this coz last time i got problem when i took one a .docx file to a friend's pc and i gt struck there as office 2007 ws not there in that pc ..

    this article is helpful ..

    on 11/12/2007 9:44 AM

  2. Nictos said,

    The online solution did not work for me. The link I received from ConvertX to my converted document was no good -- error code 404 was the result. You might want to confirm that the service actually works.

    on 12/10/2007 10:59 AM

  3. Anonymous said,

    Or just open it in google docs.

    on 12/22/2007 12:35 AM

  4. Anonymous said,

    Thanks, that really helped me out a lot. The free conversion tool available online would not read it so I downloaded the Service pack and it works fine.

    on 10/04/2008 12:51 AM

  5. ttc85 said,

    Once I install the MS Office Compatibility pack, how do I use it to convert the docx files into doc? Am I supposed to open the docx file with the program? If so, it prompts me to run and then re-installs. How specifically do I use the compatibility pack to access the docx file?? (I have an XP) I would really appreciate it if you could let me know?

    on 5/22/2009 9:15 AM

  6. Jason S said,

    After you install the Office Compatibility pack - you will be able to open .docx files in your regular Microsoft office :)


    on 5/22/2009 9:22 AM