A few months ago we talked about .docx files in Microsoft Word 2007 and the problems that you could run into if you created a document in and saved it in the .docx format but sent it to someone to read who was using an earlier version of Office. They wouldn’t be able to open it unless they used one of the work-around options available. Another problem that some of you may have experienced is that you create a document in Word 2007 but the person that you are wanting to share it with doesn’t even have Office installed and therefore, can’t view it. While there are options available to solve both of these issues, Microsoft has made it just a little bit easier by developing a “Word 2007 Viewer.”

word viewer

The description that they offer for the Word Viewer download is “view, print and copy Word documents, even if you don’t have Word installed.  This download is a replacement for Word Viewer 2003 and all previous Word Viewer versions.” Anybody who doesn’t have Office but needs to open a document for reading or printing will be able to download Word Viewer to view the document. Of course you won’t be able to edit or create a new document, but it’s perfect for viewing documents created in Word 2007. Keep in mind, once you have downloaded the Word Viewer, you’ll still need to download the compatibility pack  and use the two in combination to open documents that were saved in the .docx format.

Word Viewer is a 24.5 MB download which you can get here.

If by chance you’re interested in a PowerPoint Viewer, that too is available and works similarly allowing you to view full-featured presentations created in PowerPoint 97 on up without owning PowerPoint.

Source: Digital Inspiration