Files with the doc extension are documents created with Microsoft Word. However, sometimes there are situations when this program is not on the computer. In this article we will tell you how to open doc file.

First we need to talk about the program Microsoft Word. which is included in the Office suite of Microsoft Office. With this program you can work with doc-files, while doing any editing operations. However, the software package Microsoft Office is paid. Therefore, in order to avoid possible problems and not to install the hacked version of the program, it is better to use a free alternative.

Open the doc file using free software OpenOffice.org Writer. The distribution of this application can be downloaded from the official site of the application. The installation procedure is the same as for any other program for the Microsoft Windows operating system.

After installing the application OpenOffice.org Writer launch it. The screen will display a dialog that will offer to do one of several actions. We will be interested in the button of open new document, next to which is written "Open a document". We click on this button. After that, another dialog appears, in which you will be asked to specify the path to the desired folder and select the desired file. Then click the "Open" button, and the selected doc-file will open. Now you can edit it.

It should be noted that since may 2012 the app is called Apache OpenOffice .

Another free word processor is LibreOffice Writer. This editor became an offshoot of the development OpenOffice.org Writer. Both software package are cross-platform applications. This indicates that they will work not only under Windows, but also under Mac OS X, and also under UNIX-like operating systems.

Also open the doc file you can use the program built into the Windows operating system. It's called WordPad. This is a text editor, of course, falls short in functionality to Microsoft Word, but it is possible to change the font and font color, and text alignment. To work with the formats doc and docx can only be a version of WordPad for Windows 7.

To open the doc file, you can also use online services. However, you'll need to your computer was connected and the Internet. Services of this kind can be found at live.com and docs.google.com. Both services require authorization, so before starting work please complete the registration process.

If you have no need to edit the doc file and just open it to read a particular text information, you can simply download and install the free program Word Viewer. This application, like Word, was developed by Microsoft specifically to print and read documents.

As you can see, to open a doc file simply. In addition, for this it is not necessary to install Microsoft Word   - A program for which this file format is standard. On the Internet you can easily find other software, for the use of which you will not have to pay. As for the capabilities of such programs, they are not inferior in functionality to a powerful word processor such as Microsoft Word. We hope that the information in this article will help you choose an application for opening doc-files.