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Word Viewer 2003

Brief Description
View, print and copy Word documents, even if you don't have Word installed. This download is a replacement for Word 97 Viewer and all previous Word Viewer versions.

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File Name:wdviewer.exe
Date Published:8/9/2005
Download Size:11.7 MB
Estimated Download Time: 29 min 56K

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NOTICE: This download will no longer be available after December 31, 2009. The newest version of the Word Viewer is available here.

Word Viewer 2003 lets you open Word 2003 documents and documents created with all previous versions of Microsoft Word for Windows® and Microsoft Word for Macintosh. In addition to Word document files (.doc), you can also open files saved in the following formats:

  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)

  • Text (.txt)

  • Web Page formats (.htm, .html, .mht, .mhtml)

  • WordPerfect 5.x (.wpd)

  • WordPerfect 6.x (.doc, .wpd)

  • Works 6.0 (.wps)

  • Works 7.0 (.wps)

  • XML (.xml)

With Word Viewer 2003, you can view, print, and copy document contents to another program. However, you cannot edit an open document, save a document, or create a new document. This download is a replacement for Word 97 Viewer and all previous Word Viewer versions.

NOTE: So long as you comply with the other license terms for the Microsoft Office Word 2003 Viewer, you may distribute such viewer without a document created by Microsoft Office.

Compatibility Pack for the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats

To reduce file size, improve reliability, and enhance integration with external sources, Microsoft has added new file formats to Word 2007, Excel 2007, and PowerPoint 2007. To help ensure that you can open files in these new formats, Microsoft has developed a Compatibility Pack for the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats. By installing the Compatibility Pack after you install the Word Viewer 2003, you can view documents that are saved in the following new document formats:
  • Microsoft Office Word 2007 document (.docx)
  • Microsoft Office Word 2007 macro-enabled document (.docm)
Note: When you use the Word Viewer 2003 to view files that are saved in these formats, you will see a Word 2003 version of the file. The following Word 2007 items will be affected:
  • Features that do not exist in Word 2003
  • Layout that uses properties that do not exist in Word 2003
For more information on specific changes, see Open a Word 2007 document in an earlier version of Word.

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System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000 Service Pack 4; Windows Server 2003; Windows XP

  • This download applies to the following Office applications:
    • Microsoft Office Word 2003
    • Microsoft Word 2002
    • Microsoft Word 2000
    • Microsoft Word 97

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To install this download:
  1. Download the file by clicking the Download button (above) and saving the file to your hard disk.
  2. Double-click the wdviewer.exe program file on your hard disk to start the Setup program.
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.
Instructions for use:

After you install this download, open a file in Word Viewer 2003:
  1. On the File menu, click Open.
  2. In the Look in list, click the drive, folder, or Internet location that contains the file you want to open.
  3. In the folder list, locate the file, or locate and open the folder that contains the file.
  4. Click the file, and then click Open.
Note: To preview the contents of the file before you click Open, on the Views menu click Preview.

To remove this download:

To remove the download file, delete the file wdviewer.exe.

  1. On the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add/Remove Programs.
  3. In the list of currently installed programs, select Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003 and then click Remove or Add/Remove. If a dialog box appears, follow the instructions to remove the program.
  4. Click Yes or OK to confirm that you want to remove the program.

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