How to Convert a DAT File Into a Word Document

By Alina McKee

A DAT file is a .dat file extension that is not attributed to any particular program. This means that by looking at the file extension, you have no idea which program is best for opening the file. These types of files are simple to convert into a Microsoft Word file, which takes only a few minutes to accomplish. This process works on most types of media files, including text and picture.

Step 1

Find the file folder that contains the DAT file on your computer.

Step 2

Click “Tools” at the top of the folder screen.

Step 3

Choose “Folder Options” from the menu.

Step 4

Click on the “View” tab and deselect the “Hide extensions for known file types” option. Click “OK.”

Step 5

Open the file with Word by opening the software. Click on “File” and “Open” and choose the file you would like to open.

Step 6

Go back to File at the top of the screen, click it and choose “Save As.”

Step 7

Save the file as a Word document by selecting “Word 97-2003” in the “Save as type” box.

Step 8

Click “OK” to finish the conversion.

Tips & Warnings

  • Change the name of your converted file so that you can easily identify it as the converted file.