File extension doc

File extension doc is one of the file extensions that define type of the file and its contents.

We all know about the .doc file formats. After all, nearly all of us have Microsoft Word installed in our computers! The .doc extension files are the Microsoft Word files which are called the word processing documents. Microsoft Word is the premier word processing tool used by the Windows, created by Microsoft Corporation, and is a part of Microsoft Office. The .doc files are the document files which contain texts, images, graphs, charts, tables, page formatting features, print features etc. In addition to his, the feature of sharing and emailing of the document is also available with Microsoft Word. These files come in the category of the Microsoft Word Binary File Formats.

So, how do you create this type of file format?

The Microsoft Word Binary File extension doc generally contain more amount of information regarding the text information as compared to certain other document file formats such as the Rich Text Format and the Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML). The .doc files are compatible with the Microsoft Office Version 2003 or below only. For the upgraded versions, i.e. versions 2007 and above, the file extension .docx is used in the form of the XML documents.

The File extension doc was earlier used by some historical documentation programs. They used this format for the plain-text file uses. In addition to this, this file extension was also used by the primitive versions of WordPerfect for its basic formats. There are some other types of softwares also which use this type of file extension. For example, for the Palm Operating System, the File extension doc .doc is used as a shorthand for the PalmDoc files which can encode text documents like eBooks.

There are various programs from other different operating systems which can convert the files with the File extension doc into other file formats of the plain text documents. The nature of the .doc files is very proprietary and thus, a large amount of data is lost during the process of conversion or if an attempt is made to open such files from some other word processing program.

Of course, Microsoft Word is the best program to access these files. The other applications which are related to the files of .doc extension are BIFF file, DeskMate Document, DisplayWrite 4 File program, ASCII text file, FrameMaker by Adobe Systems Inc., Interleaf Document and Mastercam Material File by CNC Software Inc.

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Files can contain different kinds of information – text documents, spreadsheets with numbers, pictures, videos, music, maps, etc… In order to tell which file contains which data, file extensions are used. File extension is a part of a file name that comes after the last dot. Examples of file extensions are JPEG, DOC, MP3, MP4, etc. A rough analogy would be person’s last name. Just like it, file extension identifies which “family” of files, specific file belongs to. Learn more about file extensions.

From computer’s point of view all files contain just long strings of numbers. It is computer applications (aka software) is what translates these numbers into useful, text images, and sounds. In order to open the file correctly, computer must use correct application that is appropriate for a file type (Word processor for text documents, photo application for image files, etc). Each file extension is assigned main default application that opens it and a number or additional applications that user can choose from. Information about these assignments is stored in Windows Registry. Failure to open files often results from Windows registry being corrupted. Learn more about Windows Registry.






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