Microsoft Word Viewer

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Microsoft Word Viewer
Microsoft Word Viewer icon.png
Microsoft Word Viewer screenshot.png
Word Viewer v11 running on Windows 8
Developer(s) Microsoft
Stable release v11.8169.8172 SP3 / September 27, 2007; 8 years ago (2007-09-27)
Development status Stalled
Operating system Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Server 2003 SP1, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows 7
Platform x86
Size 24.5 MB
Available in 36 languages[1]
Type Document viewer
License Freeware

Microsoft Word Viewer is a freeware program for Microsoft Windows that can display and print Microsoft Word documents.[2] Word Viewer allows text from a Word document to be copied into clipboard and pasted into a word processor.[3] The last version made was compatible with Word 2007. Since then, it has been superseded by Office Online and free mobile versions of Word.

Format support[edit]

Microsoft Word Viewer supports:

For viewing Office Open XML documents, Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats must be installed.[2]


Word Viewer 97-2000 was released on 17 March 1999. It opens documents that are created with Word 97, Word 2000 and Word for Mac v4.x and later.[4] It was available for Windows in 16-bit and 32-bit versions. It can display Word documents in Internet Explorer 3.x and later.[3]

Word Viewer 2003 was released on 15 December 2004. It added support for Word XP and Word 2003.[citation needed]

Word Viewer v11 was released on 26 September 2007. Combined with Office Compatibility Pack for Word, it supports Office Open XML document format found in Word 2007 and later.[1]

Development of the product is stopped ever since. In the meantime, Microsoft has made other ways of reading Office documents available: Word Web App (a freeware version of Microsoft Word) as well as WordPad (a native component of Windows) in Windows 7 and later can create, view or edit Office Open XML documents (.docx). WordPad also supports Rich Text Format (.rtf) and text files (.txt).[5][6]

No versions for any other operating system besides Windows were ever released.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Word Viewer". Download Center. Microsoft. 26 September 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "How to obtain the latest Word Viewer". Support. Microsoft. 27 November 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Description of the Microsoft Word Viewer 97-2000". Support. Microsoft. 19 January 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Microsoft Word Viewer". Helper applications. The Institution of Engineering and Technology. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Windows 7: The Top 10 Hidden Features". PC Magazine. Ziff Davis. 30 September 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Using WordPad". Windows portal. Microsoft. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 

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