Use Word Viewer to read and print documents

If you don't have Word installed, you can use Word Viewer to open, view, or print documents that were created in Word 2010, Word 2007, Office Word 2003, Word 2002, or Word 2000. To edit, save, or create documents, you'll need to install Word or use Word Online, the free version of Word that runs in your web browser.

Important: The Microsoft Word Viewer is being retired in November, 2017. At that time, the Viewer will no longer be available for download and will no longer receive security updates. To continue viewing Word files for free, we recommend installing the Word mobile app or storing documents in OneDrive or Dropbox, where Word Online opens them in your browser.

For the Word mobile app, visit the store for your device:
Google Play
Microsoft Store

See also

If you have Word 2007 or later, and you want to make changes to a document that was created in a different version of Word, see Open a document in an earlier version of Word.

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