Microsoft Word Viewer 97-2000 is a download that lets
users who do not own Microsoft Word view and print documents that were
created in Word. Word 97-2000 Viewer can open documents that were created
with all earlier versions of Word for Windows and with version 4.x
and later versions of Microsoft Word for Macintosh.
Before December 15, 2004, there were two versions of Microsoft Word Viewer 97-2000 available for download: a 16-bit Windows version and a 32-bit Windows version. Both of these downloads are replaced by a newer version of the Microsoft Word Viewer.
For additional information about how to obtain the latest version of Microsoft Word Viewer, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to obtain the latest Microsoft Word Viewer
Features of Microsoft Word Viewer 97-2000
Microsoft Word Viewer 97-2000 is optimized for displaying Word
documents in Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.x
and later versions. Word Viewer
97-2000 includes the following features:
- Online layout view for easy reading of online documents,
including those with background colors and textures.
- Document Map for point-and-click navigation through longer
- Hyperlink navigation to open any hyperlink in a document
by using your default browser.
- You cannot run macros in any version of Word Viewer. This means
that you cannot receive a Word macro virus by reading a document with Word
- You cannot
edit an open document in Word Viewer. However, you can copy text to the
Clipboard to paste it to other applications. Microsoft encourages you to
distribute Word Viewer together with your Word documents to people who do not have
You can use Microsoft Word Viewer 97-2000 to view documents
that were created in Microsoft Word 97, in Microsoft Word 2000, in Microsoft
Word 2002, and in Microsoft Office Word 2003. However, advanced features that are available in Word 2000, in Word 2002, and in Word 2003 may not appear correctly in Word Viewer 97-2000. Some examples include nested tables, text wrapping
around tables, Web frame pages, and advanced Web formatting.
If you installed Microsoft Word Viewer and are observing unusual
behavior, reinstall it by using the appropriate method for your operating
Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0 or a later version:
- Click Start, point to Control Panel, and then double-click Add/Remove Programs.
- Click the Install/Uninstall tab.
- Double-click Microsoft Word Viewer, and then follow the directions that appear.
Windows 3.1 or Windows NT 3.51:
- Go to directory where Word Viewer is installed.
- Run the Setup.exe file.
Setup always displays a dialog box with a Reinstall
button to restore any missing files or settings. Click this
button to start the reinstallation.
Uninstalling Word Viewer
To remove Word Viewer from your system, start Word Viewer Setup
as described earlier in this article, and then click Remove All
. After the uninstall is complete, start Word to restore its