If you've ever gone to school in the computer age, worked in an office in front of a computer or simply used a computer for any type of word processing, you may be aware that the industry standard today is Microsoft Word, a part of the Microsoft Office family.
Well, the Microsoft Office suite is rather expensive if you're a home user and there are no doubt times where you've been sent a Word document to read and you were unable to open it because your system doesn't have the costly software installed. That's where Microsoft has smartened up and given any user running Windows the ability to view MS Word documents for free with Microsoft Word Viewer.
The application lacks the ability to edit Word DOC files, but it certainly does give you the ability to have a glance at them and print from from your home PC. The viewer supports DOCX files with its converter and can also view older DOC files the same way.
Microsoft Word Viewer does *not* give the user the ability to save files, however you're free to copy and paste the text into other applications which can edit, such as WordPad or Notepad, two applications which are included with your standard Windows installation. Another idea is to install OpenOffice and use that freeware application to do the editing, which subsequently can also save as a Microsoft Word DOCX/DOC document.
One last feature of Microsoft Word Viewer freeware is the option to view edits, editorial changes, and comments made to the document.
If you don't have Microsoft Office for any reason, Word Viewer is a handy application to have installed. This version replaces Microsoft Word Viewer 2003.
Microsoft Word Viewer is software which can open DOC and DOCX files.Microsoft Word Viewer features and highlights:
Microsoft Word Viewer is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from office software without restrictions. Microsoft Word Viewer 11 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).
Compatibility with this software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version of Microsoft Word Viewer may be available from Microsoft.
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