Okay, I've never posted on anything like this before so bear with me please. I've got an issue and it's driving me nuts because I can't resolve it. I'll try and give a description of what I did. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
I purchased a new Dell computer (Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit) that came with a trial version of Office 2010. I had previously purchased an Office 2010 Pro so I wanted to install the full version on my computer. When I did, I had both versions installed, so I uninstalled the trial version. That's when I think my problem arose, but I can't say for sure that it didn't exist before that because I hadn't even looked. Here's the problem:
When I'm in Windows Explorer looking at my files, my Excel and Word files (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx) show up with an improper file type description. Instead of saying "Microsoft Word Document" or "Microsoft Excel 1997-2003 Worksheet" (or whatever they're supposed to say) the simply say "DOCX File" or "XLS File". Not only that, but the icons don't look right either. They sort of look right, but they're smaller and sort of greyed out (Except the .docx icon is just a white page with lines object).
The strange thing is, is that ALL my other Office files show up with correct descriptions and icons etc. (.ppt, .pptx, .csv....etc - ALL of them!) What I've tried to fix it:
I uninstalled all Office Products and then reinstalled Office 2010.
I tried MS's little bug finder program that popped up on their website.
I've tried associating the Word files with WordPad and then back to Word.
It seems like there was more things I've tried, but that is all I remember right now. I've attached a screen shot of one of my folders so you can see what I mean. If anyone has a similar problem, or knows how to fix it, please let me know! Thanks!
[I forgot to mention, when I select any of the problem file types, they still open in the correct default program without any prompting...if that matters at all]