Recently, I received text content for a website project from a client. Unfortunately, the file was in.docx format. This is a new format for the latest Microsoft word application. I could not open this file as I use the older version.

After searching the internet and other sources, I found the following options available to open the new word files in older applications. Here is the list.

1. Download Microsoft Compatibility Pack from Microsoft website

2. Use online facility. Websites like and are some popular sites that provide the facility to convert files from.docx to.doc.

Zamzar offers to convert your file in 4 easy steps.

Step 1 – Upload the.docx file.

Step 2 – Choose from the various conversion options.

Step 3 – Add your email address.

Step 4 – Submit the request. adopts a two step process.

Step 1 – Upload the.docx file.

Step 2 – Add your email address.

It takes up to 24 hrs to get your converted file back, which I think is such a waste of time.

3. Desktop Widgets – There are many Desktop Widgets available online which can be used to convert the new word documents.

4. The fourth method is the quickest. Here are the steps.

Step 1 – Change the extension of the file from.docx

Step 2 – Extract the content using unzipping program.

Step 3 – Locate the file document.xml in the extracted folder and open it in Notepad, Internet Explorer latest version (7.0) or use XML VIEWER from Mind fusion.

I have not personally tried Mind Fusion, so use it at your own risk. I have tried the notepad method. It requires editing of unwanted tags and characters to extract your content.

5. Use OpenOffice – It has an XML Translator.

Source by Lalit Navani