Microsoft Word is a part of Microsoft Office; thus, it requires an up-front purchase or a Microsoft 365 subscription. If you’re using a computer that doesn’t have Word installed, you have other ways to view the DOCX/DOC file.
Microsoft was offering a free “Word Viewer” application; which would let you view Word documents; however, this was discontinued back in November 2017.
Now you know that we always bring you ways around things, so this article will show you ways you can view Word documents on a Windows PC:
Use Microsoft Word Mobile version:
Download Word Mobile on Windows 10. The mobile version of Word allows you to view, however, you cannot edit Word documents. You can install this application for free. It’s intended for tablets, nevertheless, it does run on a Windows 10 desktop PC.
Upload your required documents to Microsoft OneDrive, open them from the website. This will open the document in Microsoft Word Online, a free web version of Word. You have the ability to edit documents in Word Online, without any purchases. All you need is your browser.
Install LibreOffice, a free as well as an open-source office suite. This is more of an alternative than a way around, for Microsoft Office. LibreOffice Writer is included, opens, and edits Microsoft Word documents in DOC/DOCX format.
Google Drive or free trial:
- Upload documents to Google Drive, then open them in Google Docs- Google’s free web office suite.
- You can get a free month trial of Office 365 – get full access to Microsoft Word, the rest of the Office for free, for a limited time.
If you are a Mac user and don’t want to allow any of the above steps then you can use Apple’s free iWork suite. If you liked this article (or if it helped at all), leave a comment below or share it with friends, so they can also know How to Open Microsoft Word Documents Without Word?