Word Processing File Formats

Last modified by Farooq Sheikh on 2019/07/17 07:55

A word processing file contains user information in plain text or rich text format. A plain text file format contains unformatted text and no font or page settings etc. can be applied. In contrast, a rich text file format allows formatting options such as setting fonts type, styles (bold, italic, underline, etc.), page margins, headings, bullets and numbers, and several other formatting features. The use of plain text files have reduced significantly with passage of time as there are more powerful computers and programs available to offer rich text files processing. Microsoft Word for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android is a powerful word processor that can open, read and edit such document file formats in addition to other text editors.

Common plain text file extensions and associated file formats include TXT, CSV, while file extensions for rich text documents include DOCX, DOC and RTF.

List of Word Processing File Extensions and Associated File Formats

Following is a list of popular Word Processing document file formats along with respective file extensions.

File ExtensionFile Format
DOCMicrosoft Word Document File
DOCMMicrosoft Word Open XML Macro-Enabled Document
DOCXMicrosoft Word Open Document XML Document File
DOTWord Document Template File
DOTMWord Open XML Macro-Enabled Template File
DOTXWord Open XML Document Template
ODTOpen Document Text File Format
MDMarkdown Language File
OTTOpen Document Standard Format
RTFRich Text File Format
TXTPlain Text File Format

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