HOW TO READ DOC AND DOCX FILES
So you've received an email with some DOC files (files ending in
.doc or .docx) attached and you need some way to read them. My
solution will have three parts:
- Obtain software which can read DOC files. The software will be
LibreOffice. It is FREE and can be gotten from the
- Install the LibreOffice software.
- Use LibreOffice to open the DOC files for reading.
Let's get started. First off you'll probably want to print these
- Download LibreOffice
- Start up the computer and open your browser which is probably
- Click on www.LibreOffice.org to go to the
- The LibreOffice website will open. Click on "Download
- Click on "Download Version 4.4.3". (Or a later version, say 4.4.4. Frequent updates are common.)
- Click on "Run" to run setup directly from the website, or click
on "Save" to save the file to your computer. (I've always chosen
Save so I would have the code to use later for installing on
another computer. Downloading the code will take anywhere from 45
seconds to around an hour depending on such factors as your
internet speed, computer speed, and how many other people are
downloading the code at the same time.)
- Install LibreOffice
- If you chose to Run the installation directly from the
download, just sit tight and choose a "Typical" installation when
asked. Answer Okay to additional questions.
- If, on the other hand, you chose to Save the download, click on
Start then on User then on Downloads (abbreviated
Start>User>Downloads) to get to the setup file which will be
listed as LibreOffice_4.4.3_Win_x86.msi. (That is the most recent
release. If you are reading this at a date later than 06/05/2015,
the version number may be different. Version 5.0 is currently
being prepared for release.)
- Click on LibreOffice_4.4.3_Win_x86.msi and as stated earlier
choose "Typical" installation when asked.
- The installation will take a few minutes. You may be asked to
choose "Okay" a couple of times during the process. The program
will put an icon on your Desktop (monitor screen) which you can
later use to run LibreOffice.
- That's all there is to installing LibreOffice. You now have an
excellent word processor (LibreOffice Writer) and spreadsheet
program (LibreOffice Calc) at your command as well as some other
software which you may find handy later.
- Save Emails and Open Emails to Read
- Now, when you click on a DOC file, LibreOffice Writer should
automatically open it for reading, and editing if needed. If this doesn't work, you will have to change your default program setting. Do the following:
I prefer to right-click on emailed attachments and save them
for later retrieval. Just remember where you've stored them.
Clicking on stored DOC files will result in LibreOffice opening
- Click on Start (in lower left corner of screen)
- Click on Control Panel
- Choose Default Programs
- Choose Associate a file type or protocol with a specific program
- Click on .doc
- Click on Change Program
- Choose LibreOfice Writer
- Click on OK
- Follow this same procedure for .docx