DOT (Microsoft Word Document Template File)

The DOT Document file format

The DOT file extension is linked to the word processing application created by Microsoft Word. It is a template format that consists of pre-formatted settings, defining the header or footer of a document, margins, font style and site, and other common formatting styles known from word processing applications. DOT files enable the user to create multiple documents with the exact same formatting, giving them an identical or at least similar look. This is very useful for company correspondence via letters or memos, and often used for invoices.

Technical details of DOT files

DOT is primarily associated with the 'Word' program which was developed by the Microsoft Corporation. Some commonly used templates are already included in Microsoft's text processing application, but the user can create and save own ones as well. When opening and editing a DOT file, a copy is created when the user attempts to save the document. Thus, the template file itself, in most cases, stays untouched.

More information about the DOT file format

File extension .dot
File category Document
Example file Download file (720.00 KiB)
Associated programs Microsoft Word 2013
Microsoft Works
Apache OpenOffice
Planamesa NeoOffice
Microsoft Word Viewer
Useful links Learn more about Microsoft Word and DOT template files
Developer Microsoft