.DOT File Extension

File Type:
Word Document Template

Having trouble opening .dot extension? Don't panic! This page explains what dot files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open dot files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is a DOT file?

Dot file extension has Word Document Template file type, developed by Microsoft, which is associated with the "page layout files" category.

Associated with by Microsoft Word, the template file saves settings for a pre-formatted document. These may include headers, margins, footers, font sizes, etc. DOT files allow generating multiple documents, using a similar formatting.

In Microsoft Office 2007, .DOTX files have replaced the original DOT files.

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

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File Type:
Word Document Template
Page Layout Files

How to open DOT file?

Double click the dot file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .dot extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the dot extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

File Size: 3.04 MB, Download time: < 1 min. on DSL/ADSL/Cable

This Tool is Compatible With: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10

Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the dot file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open DOT files

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the dot file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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