The File Extensions Database


.WORD File Extension

  • Developer by: Apple, Inc.
  • Category: Document Files

What is an .WORD file?

.WORD is MacWrite document

The word file extension is related to MacWrite, a word processor application released along with the first Apple Macintosh systems in 1984 and used for its default document format.

MacWrite was the first such program that was widely available to the public to offer WYSIWYG operation, with multiple fonts and styles. Together with MacPaint, it was one of the two original "killer applications" that propelled the adoption and popularity of the GUI in general, and the Mac in particular.

This word file type entry was marked as obsolete and no longer supported file format.

This type of file is no longer actively used and is most likely obsolete. This is typically the case for system files in old operating systems, file types from long discontinued software, or previous versions of certain file types (like documents, projects etc.) that were replaced in higher versions of their original programs.


How to open:

iWorks Pages supposedly can still open *.word documents.

How to convert:

It is unlikely that many programs supports this format nowadays. However a lot of users actually look for Microsoft Word formats (*.doc, *.docx) not the ancient WORD format from MacWrite.

How to solve problems with WORD files

  • Associate the WORD file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any WORD file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.WORD files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the WORD file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .WORD is MacWrite document. Because only the current version supports the latest WORD file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Apple, Inc. manufacturer website after an available .WORD is MacWrite document update.
  • To make sure that your WORD file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.