Microsoft Word Viewer

Word Viewer 2003 (Release Date: December 15, 2004) ­is the successor of Word Viewer 97/2000 and used to display, print and copy from Word documents (or rtf or regular text documents)­.



Note that plain Word Viewer 2003 is no longer available from Microsoft. The current download link installs the installs the 2007 version, which is really the 2003 version with SP1 applied. ­  You can tell which version you have by the name of the downloaded file:

  • wdviewer.exe is the filename for the Word Viewer 2003 installer
  • wordview_en-us.exe is the filename for the current (2007) version

Application Details:

Version: 2003
License: Free to use
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.2

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

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What works

I had installed Word Viewer 2003 using a previous version of WINE by running setup from the temporary directory.

When run Word Viewer displays a dialog to select a file to display.

What does not

When I use the location shortcuts in the file selector, I get an error that says "Can't access this folder. Path is too long." When I browser for my file folder by folder after selecting Z: from the drop-down box, I do not get this error.

Regardless of how I open the file (double-clicking or pressing the "open" button), Word Viewer hangs (mouse cursor changes to an hour glass and stays that way) and eventually crashes.

When I try to open the file again, I get a message: "The document '...' caused a serious error the last time it was opened. You may continue opening it or perform data recovery by clicking 'Recover Data'. Clicking 'Recover Data' will extract text out of your document but all formatting and pictures will be lost." Clicking anything other than cancel causes the same freeze and crash routine.

The file opens in both Abiword and, but display with incorrect formatting. The file opens without problems in Word Viewer running under Windows 2000.


What was not tested

Everything not described above as working or not working.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Garbage rating because the program "cannot be used for the purpose it was designed for".

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowopenSUSE 11.2Jul 17 20101.2No Not installable Garbagebobca 
ShowPuppy Linux 4.xApr 08 20101.1.42Yes Yes SilverChristoffer 
ShowUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 04 20091.1.22Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowLinuxWizardDec 17 20101.0.1Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowOpenSolaris 2008.05Aug 12 20081.1.2Yes Yes SilverVit Hrachovy 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
13092 Word Viewer in wine displays hebrew reversed NEW View
33756 Word 2003: Formula symbols get outside formula frame NEEDINFO View

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