Description of the Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003

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Microsoft has released a viewer for Microsoft Office Word 2003. The viewer allows you to open Microsoft Word documents on a computer where Word is not installed.


Word Viewer 2003 lets you open Word 2003 documents and documents that are created in all earlier versions of Microsoft Office Word for Windows and Microsoft Office Word for Macintosh. The following is a list of file formats that you can open by using the viewer:
  • 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)
  • Extensible Markup Language (.xml)
By using the viewer, you can view, print, and copy document contents to another program. However, you cannot make a change to a document that is open, save a document, or create a new document.

You cannot run macros or use Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) in any version of Word Viewer.

This download is a replacement for Microsoft Word 97 Viewer and all earlier versions of Microsoft Word Viewer.

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How to obtain Word Viewer

 To download the Word Viewer from the Microsoft Download Center, visit the following Web site:
Word Viewer

List of issues in earlier versions that are fixed by using Word Viewer 2003

Word Viewer 2003 fixes the issues that are described in the following Knowledge Base articles:
165910 Uninstalling Word Viewer 97 does not restore WordPad associations
166052 Menus in Word Viewer do not respond on first click
166053 Document menu unavailable in Word Viewer
166064 IPF in Word Viewer when document opened on server
166065 Cannot paste to the Desktop folder from Word Viewer
168325 IPF opening RTF file with background texture in Viewer


Article ID: 889347 - Last Review: July 31, 2012 - Revision: 4.0
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  • Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003
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