How to Open a Non-Word Document in Word 2010

By Dan Gookin

The Word document format is popular, but it’s not the only word processing document format available. Word 2010 accepts these formats and allows you to save your documents in those formats, if you want. Word can magically open and display a host of weird, non-Word documents:

1In Word, give the Open command.

For example, you can use the Ctrl+O keyboard shortcut. However you do it, the Open dialog box appears.

2Click the Files of Type button and select a file format from the drop-down list that appears.

By choosing a specific file format, you direct Word to narrow the number of files displayed in the Open dialog box. Only files matching the specific file format are shown.

If you don’t know the format, select All Files from the drop-down list. Word then makes its best guess.

3Select the file from the list.

Alternatively, you can work the controls in the dialog box to find another storage media or folder that contains the file.

4Click the Open button.

For some document types, Word displays a special file conversion dialog box that lets you preview the document.

5If the file conversion dialog box appears, click its OK button.

The alien file appears onscreen, ready for editing, just like any other Word document.