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How to open Office 2007 .docx files?

It happened to me a couple of times so far – A friend or colleague send an email with a Word file attached, but it’s a .docx rather than .doc file.
This means it is saved in the Word 2007 format which my Office 2003 can’t read. tries to answer the question of How to open Office 2007 .docx files.

The post mentions a few ways, but essentially most people would choose between:

  • The best way for Windows users who have a version of Microsoft Office installed is to install the Microsoft compatibility pack for previous Office versions that adds .docx support in Microsoft Word.
  • The best approach for users that do not use Microsoft Office, including Mac and Linux users, would be to use one of the several online converters that convert docx files into doc.

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