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    Question Is there a good, free .DOC reader?

    I don't have "Office" on my 64-bit Win 7 machine. If I double-click a .doc file, I get a lot of cryptic characters. Is there a good free .doc viewer available?

    I did find this one: http://www.officeviewers.com/

    . . . and maybe this one: http://www.microsoft.com/reader/downloads/

    Do those look like what I need? Any recommendations for something better?

    Thanks all;
    Artie

    Edit: I just noticed that there's a word processor specific forum. Can a mod move this for me? Thanks.
    Last edited by artied2; 2011-09-10 at 19:21.

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    The official solution is Microsoft's Word Viewer: How to obtain the latest Word Viewer.

    Do you have other word processing software? Most of them can read Word's formats because Word is the market leader. Free options include the LibreOffice and OpenOffice suites.

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    Thanks. That worked great.

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    Wordpad will also open .doc files. The Vista and Windows 7 can also handle the newer .docx files as well.

    Jerry

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    Hey Jerry. Wordpad is what I tried first. I could see the actual text, but all the formatting characters were weird. It just made it hard to read.

    Like this:

    doc-image.jpg

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    Grrrr. That has already been mentioned in post #2 in this thread.

    I was grabbing a couple of screenshots regarding Wordpad and when scrolling back realised how old this thread was.

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    Free Doc File Viewers

    There are a number of other good free programs - FreeFileViewer, FreeOpener, etc. The good thing about these programs is that they open multiple file types (e.g. doc, pdf, etc). Also another good one that I've used previously is ParetoLogic EasyFileViewer.

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