For a long time, Microsoft Word used DOC files as the default saving standard for documents. After the competition from Open Office, in 2007, Microsoft introduced DOCX, which embraced the new standard set by Office Open XML. All subsequent versions of Microsoft Word have used DOCX as the standard saving format, and for good reason: it’s smaller, faster, and easier to share and transfer. DOCX files are based around text. Although they can support some images and photos, they are not a design file and instead are primarily used for text documents such as letters.
A PDF, or a Portable Document Format, is one of the most common types of digital files you will come across. It was created by Adobe and the advantage of this file is that it can be opened and viewed on nearly every application, including most web browsers. Editing a PDF is a little tricky, but there are a few programs around that will let you do that. PDF files often contain both images and text and are a good format to share documents with others as there is a high chance they will be able to view it, unlike DOC files. PDFs can also contain links and buttons and can be signed electronically, making them great for contracts.
DOCX files are an open-source version of the traditional DOC files made in Microsoft Word. They are best used for text documents, like essays, ebooks, articles, and other copywriting. But how do you share your document with somebody that doesn’t have Microsoft Word or a similar word processor? That’s where the PDF comes in. PDFs can be opened pretty much anywhere - even in web browsers. This makes it a really transferable, accessible file type. Convert your DOCX to PDF, and you’re much less likely to have problems opening it on a different system if you share it with someone or open the file on a different computer.
WinZip is more than just a DOCX to PDF converter. We built WinZip to convert multiple file formats, including the formats below.