The Microsoft Word Viewer is the latest version of the viewer. It can read the file formats of all versions of Word, and it replaces the Microsoft Word Viewer 2003. For more information about opening a document, viewing a document, working with data, and printing by using the Word Viewer, see the Help file in the following location:
Other options for free viewing of Word documents
- Word Online Word Online is available through OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) or deployed as part of Microsoft SharePoint. Word Online can view, edit and, print Word documents. For more information about Word Online, see the Office Online overview.
- Office 365 Trial Downloading the trial will give you access to the full capabilities of Microsoft Office 2013. For more information, see Office 365 Home.
- Office Mobile applications Download the trial for mobile applications available on iPhone, Android phone, or Windows Phone. For more information, see Office on mobile devices.
How to obtain the Word Viewer
To download the Word Viewer from the Microsoft Download Center, visit the following Microsoft website:
Please note that there was not a Word Viewer created for Word 2013, 2010, or 2007. To view Word 2013, 2010, and 2007 documents, please download and install the Office Compatibility Pack from the link in the following section.
Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 and later versions' file formats
The Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 and later versions' file formats lets you view and print Word documents on a computer that does not have Word 2013, 2010, or 2007 installed. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to install the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack so that you can use earlier versions of Excel, PowerPoint, and Word to open and to save files from 2007 Office programs
How to obtain the Compatibility Pack
To download the Compatibility Pack from the Microsoft Download Center, visit the following Microsoft website:
Known issues with newer versions of Word Files and the Word Viewer
Even though the Word Viewer can view the latest Word documents, some features will not work in the Word Viewer. For a list of specific features, see Open a Word 2013 document in an earlier version of Word
File formats supported
The Word file formats supported are .doc, .dot, .docx, .docm, .dotx, and .dotm. Macro-enabled files can be opened (.doc, .docm, and .dotm), but the macros do not run.