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At first glance, the only difference between DOC and DOCX formats seems to be the letter ‘X’. Both of them have been developed to enable users to create various types of electronic documents. Nevertheless, the second one has a number of advantages compared to its older version.

Technical specifications of the DOCX format

Microsoft Word released the new extension in 2007. The main feature of the new one is that it stores documents separately from each other in a zip folder. It solved the problem of large files which often made it impossible to send docs via email. Due to the new compression files, document sizes have been reduced by almost half.

Another issue that’s been resolved is file corruption. The new extension uses simplified XML coding language for pagination (also known as paging, is the process of dividing a document into discrete pages, either electronic pages or printed pages) which reduces the likelihood of faulty documents. The open nature of the new format makes it possible for full-featured Word processors to read it. Even online tools like Google Docs support this type of file. Making .docx editable online involving several users simultaneously.

For operating systems other Windows, the DOCX can also be opened on Mac OS X devices (2008 and 2010). The out-of-date extension can still be used but users have to be ready for unexpected issues to arise.

File extension
docx
Internet media type
Document file format
Programs that use this format
Microsoft Word (version 2007 and later)
WPS
OpenOffice Writer
ONLYOFFICE
Google Docs
Developer
Microsoft Corporation
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Instructions and Help about The DOCX File Format

Thanks for watching tech quickie click the subscribe button and enable notifications with the bell icon so you won't miss any future videos so do you know those little three or four letter suffixes at the end of file names after the dot they're called file extensions and they'll let you and other programs know what kind of file you're dealing with whether it's a movie a song or a love letter and for a very long time whenever you saved a Microsoft Word document you see that the program would slap a dot docx extension onto it which made a lot of sense right doc for document but recently you may have noticed that your files now have a dot X extension so YX is a four extreme to make words sound more exciting than the mere word processor or as Microsoft just trying to tell you that if you need a nice-looking document docx going to give it to you well in a way the answer to that second question is actually yes you see the old doc standard was a proprietary format me that it was designed only to be read properly by ms word doc offered many more features to the plain text documents that could be read by virtually any PC such as the ability to embed comments insert images and use footnotes just to name a few but this also meant that these features had to be encoded in a way that could be read by your word processor and because Microsoft didn't open the standard so that non microsoft programs could read them with 100% accuracy they often don't look quite right if you try to open them in for example LibreOffice writer Google Docs or apples pages and depending on what ms...

FAQ

Can I open DOCX in office?
If you are using Microsoft Office Word 2007 or Word 2010, you can open . docx or . ... Apps for Office. The app doesn't run, but it will be available if the document is upgraded to Word 2013 or 2016.
How is a DOCX file structured?
A Docx file comprises of a collection of XML files that are contained inside a ZIP archive. The contents of a new Word document can be viewed by unzipping its contents. The collection contains a list of XML files that are categorized as. MetaData Files - contains information about other files available in the archive.
What apps require DOCX files?
Use Google Docs to Open Doc/Docx Files docx' files in Android, so opening a new file shouldn't be too much work.
What format is a DOCX document?
A DOCX file is a Microsoft Word document that typically contains text. DOCX is the newer version of DOC, the original official Microsoft Word file format. They are both opened using Microsoft Word, though alternate software programs open them as well. A DOCX is a convenient XML format, making it incredibly popular.
How do I open a DOCX document?
You can open a DOCX file with Microsoft Word in Windows and macOS. Word is the best option for opening DOCX files because it fully supports the formatting of Word documents, which includes images, charts, tables, and text spacing and alignment. Word is also available for Android and iOS devices.
Is DOCX open format?
DOCX is a Office Open XML format of text files that can contain text, images, objects, formatting and text styles zipped in an archive.
What is DOCX file format used for?
Any file with the DOCX extension is a Microsoft Word Open XML Formate Document. These files are used for reports, resumes, letters, documentation, note-taking, newsletters, presentations and more.
How do I convert a DOCX file to Word?
How to convert DOCX to DOCUpload docx-file(s) Select files from Computer, Google Drive, Dropbox, URL or by dragging it on the page.Choose "to doc" Choose doc or any other format you need as a result (more than 200 formats supported)Download your doc.
What is difference between DOC and DOCX format?
The main difference between the two file formats is that in DOC, your document is saved in a binary file that includes all the related formatting and other relevant data while a DOCX file is actually a zip file with all the XML files associated with the document.
How do I open a DOCX file?
A DOCX file is a Microsoft Word Open XML Format Document file. Open with Word, Word Online, Google Docs, or some other word processor.