.DOTX File Recovery

Have files been deleted due to a user’s error or software error? Have you formatted a disk by accident and need to know how to recover the files? Read our .DOTX file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2024.

DOTX File Recovery

What is a .DOTX file?

A DOTX file is a template created by Microsoft Word, a word processing program. It contains default layouts and settings for a document, including styles, AutoText, toolbars, and macros. DOTX files are used as a baseline to create multiple .DOCX documents with the same formatting.

What Are Common Causes of ".DOTX" Files Lost or Failure?

There are several common causes of ".DOTX" files being lost or experiencing failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete the ".DOTX" files while organizing or cleaning up their computer's storage.
  2. File system errors: File system errors, such as corruption or damage, can cause the ".DOTX" files to become inaccessible or lost.
  3. Software or hardware issues: Problems with software applications or hardware components can lead to the loss or failure of ".DOTX" files. This can include issues with the word processing software itself or problems with the computer's storage devices.
  4. Virus or malware infections: Viruses or malware can infect and corrupt ".DOTX" files, rendering them unusable or causing them to be deleted.
  5. Power outages or system crashes: Unexpected power outages or system crashes while working on ".DOTX" files can lead to data loss or file corruption.
  6. Improper file handling: Improper handling of ".DOTX" files, such as force closing the application without saving changes, can result in file loss or failure.
  7. Storage media failure: If the storage media where the ".DOTX" files are stored (e.g., hard drive, USB drive) fails or becomes damaged, it can lead to the loss of the files.
  8. Synchronization errors: If ".DOTX" files are being synchronized across multiple devices or cloud storage services, synchronization errors can occur, leading to file loss or failure.

It is important to regularly back up ".DOTX" files and take precautions to prevent data loss, such as using reliable storage devices, maintaining up-to-date antivirus software, and practicing safe file handling habits.

How to recover lost ".DOTX" files?

Sometimes while working with a computer, laptop or other stationary or mobile devices, you may encounter various bugs, freezes, hardware or software failures, even in spite of regular updates and junk cleaning. As a result, an important ".DOTX" file may be deleted.

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By no means should you think that the only way to recover a ".DOTX" file is always to create it once more.

Use programs for recovering ".DOTX" files if a file was lost after accidental or deliberate deleting, formatting the memory card or the internal storage, cleaning the storage device, after a virus attack or a system failure.

Programs to recover ".DOTX" files

Looking for a way to get files back? In cases when files were deleted and they cannot be restored by using standard operating system tools, use Hetman Partition Recovery.

The tool recovers data from any devices, regardless of the cause of data loss.

Follow the directions below:

  1. Download Hetman Partition Recovery, install and start the program.

  2. The program will automatically scan the computer and display all hard disks and removable drives connected to it, as well as physical and local disks.

    File Recovery Software
  3. Double-click on the disk from which you need to recover ".DOTX" files, and select analysis type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Analysis Type
  4. When the scanning is over, you will be shown the files for recovery.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Files that Can be Restored
  5. To find a file you need, use the program’s interface to open the folder it was deleted from, or go to the folder "Content-Aware Analysis" and select the required file type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Deep Scan
  6. Select the files you have been looking for and click "Recovery".

    File Recovery Software - Files List for Recovery
  7. Choose one of the methods for saving the files and recover them.

    Saving recovered files in Hetman Partition Recovery

How to open file with ".DOTX" extension?

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Programs that open ".DOTX" files

File Viewer Plus File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Word 2019 Microsoft Word 2019
Apache OpenOffice Apache OpenOffice
LibreOffice LibreOffice
Microsoft Word 2019 Microsoft Word 2019
Planamesa NeoOffice Planamesa NeoOffice
Apache OpenOffice Apache OpenOffice
LibreOffice LibreOffice
Apple Preview Apple Preview
Apache OpenOffice Apache OpenOffice
LibreOffice LibreOffice

Additional Information

  • File type: Word Open XML Document Template

  • File extension: .DOTX

  • Developer: Microsoft

  • Category: Page Layout Files

  • Format: Zip


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Vladimir Artiukh

Author: Vladimir Artiukh, Technical Writer

Vladimir Artiukh is a technical writer for Hetman Software, as well as the voice and face of their English-speaking YouTube channel, Hetman Software: Data Recovery for Windows. He handles tutorials, how-tos, and detailed reviews on how the company’s tools work with all kinds of data storage devices.

Oleg Afonin

Editor: Oleg Afonin, Technical Writer

Oleg Afonin is an expert in mobile forensics, data recovery and computer systems. He often attends large data security conferences, and writes several blogs for such resources as xaker.ru, Elcomsoft and Habr. In addition to his online activities, Oleg’s articles are also published in professional magazines. Also, Oleg Afonin is the co-author of a well-known book, Mobile Forensics - Advanced Investigative Strategies.


Questions and answers

  • What is the purpose of a .DOTX backup file?

    The purpose of a .DOTX backup file is to serve as a backup copy of a Microsoft Word template file (.DOTX). It is created to ensure that in the event of accidental data loss, corruption, or any other issues with the original template file, a backup version is available for recovery. This backup file can be used to restore the template to its previous state without losing any formatting, styles, or other customizations made to the original file.

  • How can I create a .DOTX backup file in Microsoft Word?

    To create a .DOTX backup file in Microsoft Word, you can follow these steps:

    1. Open Microsoft Word.
    2. Click on the "File" tab in the top-left corner of the screen.
    3. Select "Open" from the drop-down menu.
    4. Browse and locate the .DOTX file that you want to create a backup for.
    5. Right-click on the file and select "Copy" from the context menu.
    6. Right-click on an empty space on your computer's desktop or any other desired location.
    7. Select "Paste" from the context menu to create a copy of the .DOTX file.
    8. Rename the copied file to indicate that it is a backup (e.g., add "backup" or the current date to the file name).
    9. You have now created a backup .DOTX file in Microsoft Word.
  • Can a .DOTX backup file be opened and edited in other word processing software?

    A .DOTX backup file is a template file used by Microsoft Word. While it can be opened and edited in other word processing software, the functionality and formatting may not be fully preserved. Different software programs have varying levels of compatibility with Microsoft Word file formats. It is recommended to save the file in a more universal format like .DOCX or .RTF if you intend to use it in other word processing software.

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