Can LO Writer open MS Word 2003 XML (.doc) format files?

Hi, All

I have a .doc that created by word 2003 and inner format is XML format.
I can open this .doc directly, but the typesetting, format was run away.
the document after opened hard to read.

I open this .doc by notepad it shows as belows(part of it):

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
<?mso-application progid="Word.Document"?>
<w:wordDocument xmlns:w="" xmlns:v="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml" xmlns:w10="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:word" xmlns:sl="" xmlns:aml="" xmlns:wx="" xmlns:o="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" xmlns:dt="uuid:C2F41010-65B3-11d1-A29F-00AA00C14882" xmlns:ns0="" xmlns:st1="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" w:macrosPresent="no" w:embeddedObjPresent="no" w:ocxPresent="no" xml:space="preserve">

How should I do to open this .doc in Libreoffice Writer to read normal as open in Word2003 ?

attached file: 3.doc

Thank you !

I am using Libreoffice and my system is Windows 7 x64.

Please try selecting before to open, the file type:

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Thank you, Mariosv,
I tried it. but it’s the same.
I have uploaded the file as attached.

@mariosv has correctly identified the file type, however you may need to rename the file to use the xml file extension. Even this however is no guarantee of compatibility. These old Flat Open Packaging Convention (OPC) file formats are horrible, as while they appear to be pure XML, they may contain binary blobs. These blobs are not likely to have a high chance of being read successfully by LO. Further details in this alternate forum thread on the lack of support for the Word 2007 XML (Flat OPC) file format.

EDIT: Thanks for providing an example file. I can open the file OK under GNU/Linux running LO v4.1 and v4.2 but in both cases the table is collapsed to the left. This appears to be bug fdo#58079 as the appearance matches the screenshots attached to that report. Note however that there are also other problems with this old format e.g., columns of an empty table being set to equal widths (fdo#76134) and potential infinite template recursion preventing opening (fdo#67478).