Microsoft Word 3.x (DOS)

The Microsoft Word word processor was first introduced for MS-DOS in 1983. Its design made use of a mouse and WYSIWYG graphics. Its crude WYSIWYG/mouse support was a direct response to the Apple Lisa/Mac, and VisiCorp Visi On. Initially it competed against many popular word processors such as WordStar, Multimate, and WordPerfect. Word for DOS was never really successful.

The Mac version was introduced in 1985 where it acquired a friendlier user interface and gained some popularity. A Microsoft Windows version was introduced in 1989, although Palantir WinText, NBI Legend, and Samna AMI/AMI Pro had beaten them to their own Windows platform. For a time Word for Windows competed with WordPerfect for Windows. There were also ports to OS/2, the Atari ST, and Unix.

The DOS, Mac, and Windows versions are quite different from each other, and each restarted their version numbering at "1.0". Later versions are bundled with Microsoft Office. Also see a complete list of word processors archived on Winworld.


Release notes

Word 3.0 for DOS Supports CGA and IBM EGA 16-color graphics, as well as smaller font EGA text modes. 3.1 has built in support for Hercules monographics, but 3.0 requires the Hercules Graphics Plus Driver

The Microsoft Word 3.0 Demo is an interactive slideshow that shows off the new features of Microsoft Word 3.0 for DOS.

Installation instructions

Note: Each Word 3.x for DOS disk contains a unique serial number.

Wanted: Manual scan

Product type
Application Word Processor
Release date
Minimum CPU
User interface
Download count
96 (3 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Microsoft Word 3.0 for DOS (4-10-86) (5.25-360k) 3.0 for DOS (4-10-86) English 750.14KB 0
Microsoft Word 3.0 for DOS (6-23-86) (5.25-360k) 3.0 for DOS (6-23-86) English 725.28KB 2
Microsoft Word 3.0 for DOS Demo (1986) (5.25-360k) 3.0 for DOS Demo English 71.07KB 0
Microsoft Word 3.0 for DOS Network Version (1986) (5.25-360k) 3.0 for DOS Network Version English 33.05MB 0
Microsoft Word 3.01 for DOS [Seimens PC-D] [German] (5.25-DSQD) 3.01 for DOS [Seimens PC-D] German 1.19MB 1
Microsoft Word 3.1 for DOS (3.5-720k) 3.1 for DOS English 1.03MB 0
Microsoft Word 3.1 for DOS (5.25-360k) 3.1 for DOS English 1.03MB 0


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