Office .doc file can not be read or edited

  • I have a .doc file that I need to seriously open.

    I get a screen with garbage when I open it with Notepad++.

    I was under the empression that I could even open executable files Notepad++?

    This is a Microsoft 97-2003 .doc file.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.


  • @Jodia-Morehead you can open executable files with Notepad++ but it will just show a bunch of garbage.
    You should use Microsoft Word, Apache OpenOffice Writer or LibreOffice Writer to edit document files.

  • Word’s .doc files have a LOT of hidden code and formatting garbage that Notepad++ doesn’t omit from your view. The entire file saves its formatting this way. I think it’s a little better with the modern .docx files, but I’m not sure.

  • Try first Windows Accessories - WordPad (a.k.a. Write).
    It can open , edit, print doc or docx files.

    If WordPad is not good enough you should follow MAPJe71’s advice or
    find another computer with Microsoft Office (2003, 2007 or better).

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