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What is DOC file extension?

This type of extension is mainly related to Microsoft Word, it was created and published by the Microsoft Corporation in its versions of Word between 1997 and 2003.

It is worth mentioning that this type of extension is now obsolete, that is, DOC was created to store documents created in Microsoft Word versions between 1997 and 2003. However, in the most recent versions of Microsoft Word, this type of DOC format can easily be opened.

Unlike DOCX files, DOC files are a type of binary file that is composed of frames and records that focus on texts, that is, this type of extension is responsible for storing all formatting information, graphics , texts, scripts, images, tables, undo information, among others, in binary form.

All this content can be created and edited by different specialized programs to open and edit this type of extension, including the 2000 version of the well-known WordStar.

DOC files can also be printed in different sizes, and the same can be viewed by different programs on different operating systems. DOC format since its launch has been presenting some changes, especially in the most recent versions of Microsoft Word, this is how in the Word 2007 version it was replaced by another type of extension, which is based on XML, this being DOCX.

DOC extension is compatible with all versions of Microsoft Word. However, due to version updates and binary encodings, not all DOC functionality is available for Word or other programs such as Apple Pages and Libre Office.

Nowadays, any device, both mobile and desktop, with the appropriate office software installed, has the ability to open a DOC file due to its great compatibility, however, as mentioned above, some properties and/or elements may be lost or formatted.

Due to the obsolescence of the DOC format, it is recommended to convert it to either DOCX, ODT or Apple's PAGES using any online service, or maybe the office program for itself.