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What is DOCX?

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DOCX is the file extension for the new MS Word file format in Microsoft’s Office 2007. The previous Word file was saved with the extension of .doc. The ‘x’ attached to the new format signifies XML on which it is based.

DOCX has been designed on the XML structural design and uses the ZIP compression scheme to reduce the size. The benefits of using the XML design are many. It has improved data recovery, which means that if some data on the file is corrupted, all is not lost. The data before and after the corrupted part can still be recovered. Another benefit is that the file can easily be opened by any application that supports XML. It also has better privacy features. The advantage of the ZIP compression scheme in the DOCX file is that the files are compressed, which reduces disk storage space. Sending DOCX files over the internet is also relatively easier and faster because the bandwidth required to send the files is significantly reduced due to compression.

The DOCX file is actually a Package that contains several parts, or folders. Each part contains different objects – like style, fonts, layout, and configuration. When a DOCX file is opened, all the folders become accessible and the file style can easily be changed.

The DOCX file can be opened using the 2007 Office and Word applications. Those still using the older versions cannot open a DOCX file. In order to be able to open the file, they need to install the Microsoft Compatibility Pack over the older version. In case of Open Office, Open XML Translator needs to be installed in order to open a DOCX file. If the MS Office is installed on a Mac computer, then the Microsoft Office Open XML File Format Converter for Mac needs to be installed.

The DOCX file can also be accessed without installing any software. This can be done by using any tool that converts the DOCX file into a DOC file – like Factory Doc Converter.


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