How to View Doc Files


The DOC file is a common file to see on a home computer. It is a text document written in the Microsoft Word program. It can be viewed with a variety of programs, the most common of which is Microsoft Word, a part of the Microsoft Office suite of applications. Other applications that can be used to view the DOC file include the Open Office Writer, which is a free alternative to Microsoft Word, and the Microsoft Document Viewer.

  • If none of the indicated programs are installed on your computer, choose your preferred program and install it. If the programs are installed, skip to Step 2.

  • Open one of the suggested programs. A new window should open.

  • Go up to the toolbar at the top of the new window and click the "File" button.

  • A menu will drop down. click the "Open" option in the menu.

  • A new box will open up. Navigate to the folder where the file you wish to view is located.

  • Select the file and click the "Open" button.

  • Your document should now be displayed in the original window.

Tips & Warnings

  • If, after following these steps, your document is not displayed, then it is possible that you need a more up-to-date version of your chosen program. Microsoft Office is available for purchase from Microsoft, but Open Office and the Microsoft Document Viewer are free for download.

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