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:
  1. Obtain software which can read DOC files. The software will be LibreOffice. It is FREE and can be gotten from the internet.
  2. Install the LibreOffice software.
  3. Use LibreOffice to open the DOC files for reading.


Let's get started. First off you'll probably want to print these instructions.


  1. Download LibreOffice

    1. Start up the computer and open your browser which is probably Internet Explorer.
    2. Click on www.LibreOffice.org to go to the LibreOffice website.
    3. The LibreOffice website will open. Click on "Download Now".
    4. Click on "Download Version 4.4.3". (Or a later version, say 4.4.4. Frequent updates are common.)
    5. 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.)

  2. Install LibreOffice

    1. 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.
    2. 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.)
    3. Click on LibreOffice_4.4.3_Win_x86.msi and as stated earlier choose "Typical" installation when asked.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.

  3. Save Emails and Open Emails to Read

    1. 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:
    2. 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 them.



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