What's a docx file?


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wolf_tracks

I'm using Word 2003. Is a docx file s 2007 file type. If so, how do I
read it with Word?
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Wayne Watson (Watson Adventures, Prop., Nevada City, CA)

(121.015 Deg. W, 39.262 Deg. N) GMT-8 hr std. time)
Obz Site: 39° 15' 7" N, 121° 2' 32" W, 2700 feet

Solid waste produced to generate electricity per person
over a lifetime:
Nuclear power -- 2 pounds in a coke can
Fossil (coal) fuel -- 68.5 tons in six 12-ton RR cars

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Herb Tyson [MVP]

The *x format files are actually zip files that contain the components of
the xml-based file formats. If you're interested in knowing what's under the
hood, so to speak, you can rename a .docx file as .zip, and then you can
look at the innards using Windows Explorer, WinZip, or some other .zip
handler.

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Herb Tyson MS MVP
Author of the Word 2007 Bible
Blog: http://word2007bible.herbtyson.com
Web: http://www.herbtyson.com
 
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Brian Gaff

There is a windows update or four, including all the security fixes which
should have sorted this for you. It has here, though of course it does have
some dire warnings about only the new version can truly be seen as
compatible, but you can read and edit most files.

In most cases there is really no need for people to use this default file
type in my view, as it screws up so many other people who may not be using
the latest version, or may be using Open Office etc.

Brian
 
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wolf_tracks

Herb said:
The *x format files are actually zip files that contain the components
of the xml-based file formats. If you're interested in knowing what's
under the hood, so to speak, you can rename a .docx file as .zip, and
then you can look at the innards using Windows Explorer, WinZip, or some
other .zip handler.
I changed it to zip, but the results were some strange folder with a few
xml formats. Opening the xml files led to more mysteries. I think I'll
write the sender and see if he can just get me a pure doc file.

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Wayne Watson (Watson Adventures, Prop., Nevada City, CA)

(121.015 Deg. W, 39.262 Deg. N) GMT-8 hr std. time)
Obz Site: 39° 15' 7" N, 121° 2' 32" W, 2700 feet

Solid waste produced to generate electricity per person
over a lifetime:
Nuclear power -- 2 pounds in a coke can
Fossil (coal) fuel -- 68.5 tons in six 12-ton RR cars

-- Power to Save the World, Gwyneth Cravens

Web Page: <www.speckledwithstars.net/>
 
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wolf_tracks

Jay said:
Yes, docx is the new default file format for Word 2007. Similarly,
Excel has a new xlsx format, and PowerPoint has a pptx format.

Download the Compatibility Pack from
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=941B3470-3AE9-4AEE-8F43-C6BB74CD1466
to enable Office 2003 applications to read and edit the new file
formats.

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Regards,
Jay Freedman
Microsoft Word MVP
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I thought I downloaded this file last night, and installed it, but Word
2003 still seems confused over the docx file.

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Wayne Watson (Watson Adventures, Prop., Nevada City, CA)

(121.015 Deg. W, 39.262 Deg. N) GMT-8 hr std. time)
Obz Site: 39° 15' 7" N, 121° 2' 32" W, 2700 feet

Solid waste produced to generate electricity per person
over a lifetime:
Nuclear power -- 2 pounds in a coke can
Fossil (coal) fuel -- 68.5 tons in six 12-ton RR cars

-- Power to Save the World, Gwyneth Cravens

Web Page: <www.speckledwithstars.net/>
 
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wolf_tracks

Brian said:
There is a windows update or four, including all the security fixes which
should have sorted this for you. It has here, though of course it does have
some dire warnings about only the new version can truly be seen as
compatible, but you can read and edit most files.

In most cases there is really no need for people to use this default file
type in my view, as it screws up so many other people who may not be using
the latest version, or may be using Open Office etc.

Brian
I guess one of these days, I'll have to pony up several hundred dollars
to get to Office 2007. I'm using Office 2003. Maybe I should ditch 2003
in favor of the student/home version. I really use only Word, Excel,
Publisher and PPt. And then there's the new OS for Oct., which will be a
game changer of some sort. I plan to go there though. My PC desktop is
showing its age.

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Wayne Watson (Watson Adventures, Prop., Nevada City, CA)

(121.015 Deg. W, 39.262 Deg. N) GMT-8 hr std. time)
Obz Site: 39° 15' 7" N, 121° 2' 32" W, 2700 feet

Solid waste produced to generate electricity per person
over a lifetime:
Nuclear power -- 2 pounds in a coke can
Fossil (coal) fuel -- 68.5 tons in six 12-ton RR cars

-- Power to Save the World, Gwyneth Cravens

Web Page: <www.speckledwithstars.net/>
 
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Steve Hayes

I guess one of these days, I'll have to pony up several hundred dollars
to get to Office 2007. I'm using Office 2003. Maybe I should ditch 2003
in favor of the student/home version. I really use only Word, Excel,
Publisher and PPt. And then there's the new OS for Oct., which will be a
game changer of some sort. I plan to go there though. My PC desktop is
showing its age.

And in the mean time, go to:

http://www.nativewindsofmontana.com/software/docx2rtf.html

to deal with those .docx files.
 
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Robert Macy

Yes, docx is the new default file format for Word 2007. Similarly,
Excel has a new xlsx format, and PowerPoint has a pptx format.

Download the Compatibility Pack fromhttp://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=941B3470-3AE...
to enable Office 2003 applications to read and edit the new file
formats.

--
Regards,
Jay Freedman
Microsoft Word MVP        FAQ:http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroupso all may benefit.

Does NOT appear to be run on Win98

Is there a way to get Office 2003 WORD to read these docx files?

Robert
 
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Tom Willett

If you're running on Win 98, you're out of luck.

Yes, docx is the new default file format for Word 2007. Similarly,
Excel has a new xlsx format, and PowerPoint has a pptx format.

Download the Compatibility Pack
fromhttp://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=941B3470-3AE...
to enable Office 2003 applications to read and edit the new file
formats.

--
Regards,
Jay Freedman
Microsoft Word MVP FAQ:http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup
so all may benefit.

Does NOT appear to be run on Win98

Is there a way to get Office 2003 WORD to read these docx files?

Robert
 
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Steve Hayes

Does NOT appear to be run on Win98

Is there a way to get Office 2003 WORD to read these docx files?

The program I recommended (docx2rtf) claims to be able to run on Win 98,
though I havent tried it on that platform.
 
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Robert Macy

Steve,

YES IT DOES!

small, easy to install, BUT when run the first time, it came up with a
missing file: gdiplus.dll

Luckily I had installed Motorola Razr USB Interface [which I couldn't
get to work on Win98, probably due to USB fighting the dial up modem]

In Motorola directory was a gdiplus.dll, which when copied to ..
\WINDOWS\System folder appeared to work and I converted my first docx

Thank you for this URL, been many times I just needed to read a docx

Robert
 
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Steve Hayes

Steve,

YES IT DOES!

small, easy to install, BUT when run the first time, it came up with a
missing file: gdiplus.dll

Luckily I had installed Motorola Razr USB Interface [which I couldn't
get to work on Win98, probably due to USB fighting the dial up modem]

In Motorola directory was a gdiplus.dll, which when copied to ..
\WINDOWS\System folder appeared to work and I converted my first docx

Thank you for this URL, been many times I just needed to read a docx

I'm glad it worked for you!

Now I'll install it too, in case someone sends me a .docx file.
 
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big john

I guess one of these days, I'll have to pony up several hundred dollars
to get to Office 2007. I'm using Office 2003. Maybe I should ditch 2003
in favor of the student/home version. I really use only Word, Excel,
Publisher and PPt. And then there's the new OS for Oct., which will be a
game changer of some sort. I plan to go there though. My PC desktop is
showing its age.
Make sure you check out "Open Office" before you spend a bunch of money
on another
Microsoft product. It's compatible with about everything, open source
and I think the
World is moving toward it!! Best of all - it's Free!!
 
D

Dave Symes

big john said:
Make sure you check out "Open Office" before you spend a bunch of money
on another
Microsoft product. It's compatible with about everything, open source
and I think the
World is moving toward it!! Best of all - it's Free!!

It might be free, but has two problems.

1) By comparison it's very slow, even on a fast computer.
2) It doesn't render complex .docx file very well. (Simple ones okay, but
anything with a bit of complexity, no).

Dave
 
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Gordon

It might be free, but has two problems.

1) By comparison it's very slow, even on a fast computer.

Disagree. Define "slow".......
2) It doesn't render complex .docx file very well. (Simple ones okay, but
anything with a bit of complexity, no).

Yes I agree with that one....
 
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