Office 12 docx files are zips in disguise

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Take any document created in an Office 12 app, rename said document with a .zip extension, and browse that file’s contents from Windows Explorer. Welcome to the magic of Office’s XML implementation, where every document is simply a bundle of XML data. This little hack will provide you hours of needless content-editing fun for those who have Office 12 installed, as well as a sneaky way to replace the images in your coworker’s trip report with photos of our favorite popular music star.


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    Lord Zimbu

    which was obvious when you first saw that your docx files were not only no longer backwards compatible but 2/3 smaller than the doc you opened then saved as docx.

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    At least you didn't rickroll us with that link

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