DOCX


DOCX is Microsoft Office file format extension that is used for Microsoft Word document files created using new Microsoft Office Word program. This is a new Word format, which is based on XML and allows better compression and reduced file sizes. It was first introduced in Microsoft Office Word 2007 and is now the default format for all above versions of Microsoft Word like Word 2010 and Word 2013.

The DOCX format is known as the Microsoft Office Open XML format. It replaces the older Microsoft Word program with the format .doc. Due to this reason; the .docx files do not open in older version of MS Office software. The latest Microsoft Office Word software program is required in order to open, edit and read the .docx format Word document files.

Documents created with this .docx format contains text, images, formatting, styles, drawn objects, and other document elements that are used for authoring, business, academic, and personal documents; is one of the most popular word processing document formats.

Features of DOCX

DOCX format comes with the enhanced features that offer advanced and many useful features to the Microsoft Word users.  It is designed as a combination of both XML architecture and the ZIP compression for the purpose of reducing the file size.

  • DOCX was included with a new GUI referred as Fluent User Interface
  • It uses ribbons and an office start menu instead of menu bars and toolbars as used in earlier versions
  • It is the last version of Microsoft Office to support Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • DOCX files can be opened by Word 2007 or later for Windows, or with Word 2008 or later for Mac OS X
  • DOCX documents are not compatible with the older versions of Microsoft Word either on Windows or Mac unless they have the Open XML Document support

Benefits of DOCX format

Unlike the DOC format that stores the data in a single binary file, DOCX files are created with the help of Open XML format.  A DOCX file comprises a XML file and three folders, docProps, Word, and _rels, which hold the document properties, content, and relationships between the files respectively. This structure is designed to make document content more accessible.

  • DOCX format includes new applications and server-side tools like Microsoft Groove, which is a collaboration and communication suite for smaller businesses
  • Even comes with Office SharePoint Server 2007, which supports Excel Services
  • Includes a client-server architecture for supporting Excel workbooks that are shared in real time between multiple machines, that are also viewable and editable through a web page

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