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The ".docx" Problem and Solution

Microsoft introduced a new document format in Office 2007. Documents in this format have ".docx" at the end of the document name. If you received an email with a .docx attachment, you won’t have been able to open it with older versions of Microsoft Office. The solution has been - ask the sender to send the email again with the document in the ".doc" format, or spend money to upgrade your programs.

There is another way - Microsoft produced a Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint file formats. After this pack is downloaded and installed, your existing Office programs will read the new formats. It is free, easy to install, but takes a while to download.

Download Size: 37.0 MB
Estimated Download Time: 1 hr 31 min (The download is restricted to a slow speed)

After installation, you can double click on a ".docx" document and it will open in Word. It is slower to open than a ".doc" document, but it will open.

Works well with a document containing words but gives varying results with documents containing images and graphics.

For more info and to download  Link »

Other Solutions

OpenOffice office software. An alternative to Microsoft Office.
OpenOffice runs on all major platforms -
Windows (2000 in OpenOffice 3.3.0 and earlier, XP, 2003, Vista, 7)
GNU/Linux (x86 and x86-64, RPM and DEB based Linux distributions)
Solaris (x86 and Sparc)
Mac OS X (x86 and PowerPC)

OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

It is very similar to Microsoft Office but does much more - it will open 154 different types of files including image files plus open, edit and save Microsoft files - .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, ppt, pptx, etc. - very universal. Like the docx plug-in mentioned above, it works well with most files but may have trouble with complex files from other programs that contain a lot of images and graphics. When working with its own file formats, no problems.

Well worth trying, and best of all - it’s FREE.

Download Size: about 150 MB
Download Time: varies, may be throttled.

For more info and to download   Link »
(Click on 'I want to download OpenOffice.org')

Online Converters. There are a number of online converters available. Upload the ".docx" document that needs to be converted, then, after conversion, the ".doc" version is available to download or is emailed to you. Search online for ".docx to doc converter".

Advantage - no program to install. Disadvantage - don't send top secret documents. Who knows where the converter is or where a copy of the document could end up.

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