Read-only and compatible files

Having trouble opening a file? It’s probably because it's been saved in a file format that this version of Word doesn’t support. Check the tables below to see if that’s the case.

Files you can and cannot use in Word for iPad

FILE TYPE

OPEN AND EDIT

OPEN AS READ-ONLY

Word documents (.docx)

Yes

Yes

Binary documents (.doc)

No

Yes

Word templates (.dotx)

Yes

Yes

Macro-enabled documents (.docm)

No

Yes

IRM-protected files

Yes

Yes

OpenDocument text (.odt)

No

No

PDF (.pdf)

No

No

Rich text files (.rtf)

No

No

Word XML, Word 2003 XML, or other XML files (.xml)

No

No

Hypertext markup language (.htm, .html)

No

No

Web pages (.mht, .mhtml)

No

No

Plain text file (.txt)

No

No

Works 6-9 documents (.wps)

No

No

Important: Macros are preserved for .doc and .docm format; however, any files created from .dot or .dotm files will not contain associated macros. You can't edit or execute macros.


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