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How To Open .Docx Files


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

February 24, 2011

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A stack of four brightly coloured files being unzippedFrom feedback we've received, there are still many people who are unable to open .docx files... while older software may be the issue, did you know that there are tools that you can use online that will do the job for free?

Voice talent member Dale Wilson sent in a tip for how you can open .docx and .rtf files, among others, using Open Office.

Find out more about this solution in today's VOX Daily.

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When clients post jobs at Voices.com, they are able to upload their scripts in a variety of formats used for word processing. Some of these file formats are newer and therefore are incompatible with older versions of MS Word.

Although we have a solution for this in our FAQs and also one posted to the blog here, it's never a bad idea to make more resources available from time to time to help out.

Dave Wilson suggests that opening file formats such as .docx or .rtf can be easy if you know which tools to use.

Enter Open Office!

The solution Dale presented is a free download called "Open Office."

To download it, simply go to: http://download.openoffice.org/

Just save the file you want to open to your desktop and then click on "open with" and select Open Office. Be sure to check the box marked "always use this to open these types of programs" and in the future you can just open them from the Voices.com "reply" page.

How Else Do You Work Around Opening File Formats?

If you've found a tool you like to use to open files, be sure to comment with the tool you are using and also why you like it.

Best wishes,



Related Topics: docx, file openers, how to, online tools, Open Office, rtf, scripts, Voices.com


    You can always try the Google Docs Viewer, which should work more often than it does, unfortunately.


    Right-click on the document link in Voices.com, copy it and paste it into the viewer. Generate a link and view it.

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      For MS OS users, there's a free download available on MS web page that will make opening .docx files possible. I couldn't open these files at all until I downloaded the MS program.

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      • Larry Murphy
      • February 24, 2011 9:22 PM

        I use both the MS converter kit and Open Office.

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        • Ken Maxon
        • February 24, 2011 9:23 PM

          Agreed. OpenOffice opens docx just fine. Also has 'create PDF' button in the toolbar, for making any script/file compatible with ebook readers that open pdfs.

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          • Tim Lundeen
          • February 24, 2011 9:24 PM

            Sometimes text appears OK on-screen but the material will neither save nor print, or it fragments when you try. A quick get-round in Mac is Preview-File-Take screenshot-From selection. On a pc, ctrl - Printscreen, then paste into (eg) Word. What you get is more or less a photograph, and on either system, you can crop/magnify the text.

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              You can also use FireFox to open voices.com and it will download and open the file, with no problem! ;)

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              • Della Phillips
              • February 25, 2011 9:35 AM

                I received the tip from you guys as well,when I couldn't open the files, that IE has problems with opening docx files. So I switched to Google Chrome and it's fine now!

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                • Stefania Lintonbon
                • February 25, 2011 9:36 AM

                  I just use FireFox to access the audition page and open the document - works every time!

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                    I've been using Zamzar.com to convert any type of files. It's free, works every time, and I don't have to download any new software on my Mac.

                    Posted by:

                      If all esle fails docx files can be opened in Safari...not as pretty as a word program but you can read it.

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                      • Carol Meier
                      • February 25, 2011 10:22 PM

                        Like Derek, I use Firefox when working on Voices.com. Firefox will launch MSWord in-line to view the document. Occasionally, the file extension will be mislabeled as a .zip or plain vanilla .doc, in which case you can save to your Desktop, right click the file, select Rename and change the extention to .docx and double click to open. Sometimes Excel .xls files will need to be renamed to .xlsx to open and render correctly, also.

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                        • Alex Rain
                        • February 28, 2011 4:27 PM

                          Your suggestion to use Google Chrome was RIGHT ON for me. I had even purchased Microsoft's Office 2010 which was supposed to open anything.....well it doesn't. It only opened about 10% of the .docx files. That is when I went to Safari which left a LOT to be desired but at least I was able to read the files.
                          NOW......Google Chrome does EVERYTHING.....I can't thank you enough!

                          Carol Meier

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                          • Carol Meier
                          • March 3, 2011 4:45 PM

                            I recently ran into a .pages file, which was created from a Mac-based word processor. You can open this file in Windows as an archive using winZip or a similar tool. Embedded within the zipped file structure will be a PDF that contains the actual text.

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