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Read DOCX files without having Office installed

Don’t have Microsoft Word and need to open a .docx file? You can make a docx reader out of Internet Explorer or any other text editor.

  • Change the file extension of your docx file to .zip (hello.docx -> hello.zip)
  • Extract the contents of this zip file locally using Winzip or any other unzip utility.
  • Open the “word” folder in the extracted files and you should see a file called document.xml.
  • Open document.xml inside Internet Explorer and there you have the full text of your docx document.
  • If there are any images or charts, they’ll be available under a sub-folder called media.

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