Native file format

Updated: 10/11/2017 by Computer Hope

Example docThe native file format is a method used by the computer operating system or file management to arrange data. For example, when you save a Microsoft Word document, the data in the file is customized and optimized to be read in Microsoft Word. These files have the .doc or .docx file extension.

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Most native file formats are distinguished by the user by the file extension.

Native file formats allow a program to distinguish the type of file and how to display that file when opened. If a file is unrecognized, it will be unable to display the file or not display the file properly.

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