View word documents in browser on a webpage

Posted on 2013-05-26
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Last Modified: 2013-06-11

What is a good, reliable and preferably free tool or method to view word 2003-2007-2010 documents online on a webpage, like in an iframe?

Question by:peps03
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ID: 39197871
Why don't you try


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ID: 39197946
Thanks, but when trying to view docx, i get an error.
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by:Ray Paseur
ID: 39197979
You may find that a docx is just a doc, but encoded in the form of a zip archive.  You might be able to unzip and treat the resulting file like a doc.  I have never done this so I do not have a teaching example, but it seems like it might be a promising thing to pursue.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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No, it's not that simple.  I have a 'docx' that contains less than 1k of text but the 'docx' file is 49,118 bytes.  Looking at it in Filealyzer, it has a lot of 'word/????.xml' like 'word/document.xml' and 'word/theme/theme1.xml' followed by PK which is usually the signature for PKzip.  It's not just a single Zip file but apparently a lot of little sections containing all the usual Microsoft formatting info whether you need it or not.

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ID: 39198049
Hmm the Google file-viewer also doesn't open docx. (Although it says it does support it). On the other hand, dropbox does have  a tool to view docx in the browser.
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by:Mark Brady
ID: 39199002
Here is a free tool for viewing docx in Firefox. This one can convert the file to html to if you wish. I can't find any cross browser solutions for you though.


Author Comment

ID: 39201836
hmm thanks. really need cross-browser.

any idea why the google file viewer isn't opening docx while it says it should?

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peps03 earned 0 total points
ID: 39225497
https://docs.google.com/viewer works...
you have to add

AddType application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document docx

to your htaccess!

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ID: 39237117
fixed it!

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