Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Which File Formats Does Office 2010 Support?
For more information about file compatibility, see “Checking for Compatibility with Earlier
Office Versions” on page 88.
The following tables show the document file types supported by Word (Table 4-1), Excel
(Table 4-2), OneNote (Table 4-3), PowerPoint (Table 4-4), and Outlook (Table 4-5).
Table 4-1 Supported File Formats in Word 2010
Type
Extension Description
Word Document
.docx
This XML-based format is the default format
for Word 2010 and Word 2007. This
document type cannot contain VBA macro code.
For more information, see “Understanding
the Office 2010 Default Formats: Office Open
XML” on page 85.
Word Macro-Enabled
Document
.docm
This format is similar to the one above, except
that it can contain VBA macro code.
Word 97-2003 Document
.doc
This ubiquitous format is the native format
used by versions of Word prior to Word 2007.
Word Template
.dotx
This is the default format for templates used
in Word 2010 and Word 2007. This document
type cannot contain VBA macros. For more
information, see “Using Templates to
Streamline Document Creation” on page 97.
Word Macro-Enabled
Template
.dotm
This format is similar to the one above, except
that it can contain VBA macro code. Although
a template in this format can contain macro
code, by default a document created from
a macro-enabled template is saved as .docx,
which is stripped of macro code.
Word 97-2003 Template
.dot
This is the template format used by versions of
Word prior to Word 2007.
PDF
.pdf
This export-only format lets you create
documents that can be viewed on nearly any
computer. For more information, see “Sharing Your
Work in PDF and Other Formats” on page 95.
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