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What’s the difference between .DOC and .DOCX files in Microsoft Word?

Put simply, .Doc is the older version of a Microsoft Word Document.

DocX is the newer version, form versions of Microsoft Word 2007 onwards.

Now before you jump in thinking that the added X makes the document extreme or better in some way, that X on the end just stands for ‘Office Open XML’.

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If you have the option to save your document as a .DOC or .DOCX which should you choose?

In this post we will outline the difference between the two file formats, but if you want to jump forward and skip the reading in almost all circumstances .DOCX is going to be the better option.

Read on for more.

What is .DOC?

When you see .DOC at the end of your document or file, this means that the file is in a text format.

The file is editable and a working document rather than say a PDF or JPEG which, when have text present in either format the text is not editable unless converted into a .DOC.

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What is .DOCX?

If you have just created a new Word Document, or the document you are looking at was created post-2007 you will notice .DOCX sitting at the end of your file name.

Any file with the DOCX extension is a Microsoft Word Open XML Formate Document. These files are used for reports, resumes, letters, documentation, note-taking, newsletters, presentations and more. Almost always containing some text, DOCX files are not limited to text only they can also contain images, objects and creative formatting. If its a Microsoft Word Open XML file, its a DOCX file.

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What makes a DOCX file different to a DOC file?

In short, DOCX files are smaller, easier to store and support due to the format being an XML. Your computer can handle more DOCX files at once than it can the old DOC files and using DOCX will allow your computers processing system to run as quickly as it should.

The only reason you would be working from a DOC file these days would be if the file was pre 2007 and still sitting in the old format.

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John made an edit, sent an email ‘see updated attached’.

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Sending updated versions via email is one way to know a new version is available and required your attention. But it can also clutter your inbox with internal emails, with a single line or sometimes nobody of text in the email.

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