There are several ways to open and read .docx files. While a few methods requires you to install and use free software, other methods make use of free online tools.
.docx is a new file format introduced by Microsoft, since Office 2007. This new format supports the open XML standard introduced by Microsoft in Office 2007.However, earlier versions of Microsoft Office products including Office 2003 cannot open documents saved in this format by Office 2007 or 2010.
But there are a few methods to open .docx files using Office 2003 or earlier versions of Office.You can download the free Microsoft Compatibility Pack forthe older versions of Microsoft Office, which lets you open and read .docx files. Download the Microsoft Compatibility pack from here. There is also the Docx-converter Dashboard Widget that lets you convert .docx files on your computer desktop.
Yet another option is to Open .docx files using an application called a Word Reader. You can open and read Office 2007 documents with this Word Reader. This is a handy application to read .docx files, if you don’t have Microsoft Office 2007 installed on your PC.
This is a free Word Reader with which you can read Microsoft Word 2007 (*.DOCX), Microsoft Word 97-2003(*.DOC), Hyper Text Markup Language (*.Htm,*.Html), Plain Text Format (*.TXT), Rich Text Format (*.RTF). Word Reader is available in English, Chinese, German, French, Italian and Japanese and it open Office 2007 documents without any loss of quality. Download the free Word Reader from here.
If you happen to use Open Office, then you may download the Open XML Translator and open and read Office 2007 documents in Open Office.
If you are using Microsoft Office on a Mac, then you can download the free Open XML File Format Converter.
Enjoy the free ways to open a .docx file.