Office 2007 docs (.docx, .xlsx, etc.) are kinda sorta like zip files

June 22, 2007 at 2:25 pm 3 comments

Rename any .DOCX or /XLSX file with the .ZIP extension and then open it with Windows Explorer. Weird, huh? I guess when MS promised to make all of their document formats XML-based, they really meant it.

Oh, the actual document is located in the appropriate appname folder. At least it is for Word and Excel files. YMMV.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mando  |  June 25, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    I don’t know if I can try this at work, especially since I don’t know what a .docx file is. Anyway, “your mileage may vary?” Is that it?

  • 2. mando  |  June 25, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    I just figured out we are still using Word 2000, so no way, hombre. I’m sticking to Easter Eggs.

  • 3. Greg  |  June 25, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    Indeed, your mileage may vary. Especially with this headwind.

    All Office 2007 files end with an x, denoting the new xml based file format.

    No problemo with Office 2000 unless someone sends you an x-file.


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