Microsoft Word: How to Open or Import Other File Formats

Word can handle a surprising number of file formats, though some may look funny
by JD Sartain | tech journalist | PCWorld | Jun 4, 2018 3:01 am

You can open or import a surprising number of file formats into Microsoft Word. Not to be confused with file formatting, which—in most programs—refers to the design of a page, file formats are little encoded programs that tell computers how to handle the files used in specific programs. Look for the three or four letters after the period that follows the file name—that’s the file extension revealing the associated program.

Not all file formats are compatible with all programs, especially those that are radically different, such as a word processor vs. a programming language, or a music file and a graphic file. However, many programs that are similar, such as Word and WordPerfect, are generally compatible.

Word is flexible enough to bring in spreadsheets from Excel or slides from PowerPoint, as well as text from other word processors.

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