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Windows 7: How do I restore Word as my file editor? Office 365 killed it.

30 Jul 2013   #1
soho1

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
How do I restore Word as my file editor? Office 365 killed it.

I poked around the forum a bit and found some old dead threads, not fully answered, so i am posting for help!
I recently subscribed to Office 365 (that and the usual Microsoft updates are all that have changed on my computer in the last week) but now Windows Word (Office 2010 local installation) is no longer my default editor.

I tried the default programs utility, but it does not even know that Office 2010 is still installed. I can run Word manually, browse and open a file. I can browse to a file and Open With to get to Word, but by default, DOCx files want to open with wordpad of all things!

How can I get this reconfigured. I would NOT like to have to reinstall office.

RECAP FOR THIS THREAD (for members finding this same problem)
There is some root cause problem yet undetermined with the assignment of default programs.
An error message appears where a list of programs should appear.
The root problem affects other types of file associations too, this problem is not limited to office.
Re-registering Microsoft Office (i.e. winword /r) had a positive effect on being able to click an office file to open it, but none of the office programs appear available as a select-able default.

Right-click "open with" > "set default program" still results in an error message. (MOVING THIS ASPECT TO ANOTHER THREAD.)


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30 Jul 2013   #2
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Do you have Office 2010 installed ?
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30 Jul 2013   #3
strollin

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W7 Home netbook, W8.1 tablet, Win 10 TP VM
 
 

Browse to a word file with the docx extension then right-click and select "Open with ..." then click on "Choose default program...". On the Open with dialog, put a checkmark in the box that says "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" and then click on browse. Navigate to where Word is installed, should be someplace like C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office 14 and find the file winword.exe, click on it then click Open. That dialog will close, click OK on the remaining dialog and you should be good to go.
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30 Jul 2013   #4
soho1

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Yes, I have Office 2010 installed.


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30 Jul 2013   #5
soho1

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

As I said, I can choose Word from the list to "Open With". However, there is no "list" of programs when chosing to set the default program. Instead I am directed to use the Set Defaults program, which does not show Word in the list.


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30 Jul 2013   #6
soho1

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Here is a screen shot of trying to set the default program. Word is not included.


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30 Jul 2013   #7
soho1

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
On the Open with dialog, put a checkmark in the box that says "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" and then click on browse...
I do not get the dialog that you are expecting.


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30 Jul 2013   #8
soho1

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Searching for a registry solutin, I found a Microsoft FixIt tool related to Word settings as described here: How to reset user options and registry settings in Word however that had no effect.
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30 Jul 2013   #9
soho1

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Am currently looking suspiciously at Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB2687455).
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30 Jul 2013   #10
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by soho1 View Post
As I said, I can choose Word from the list to "Open With". However, there is no "list" of programs when chosing to set the default program. Instead I am directed to use the Set Defaults program, which does not show Word in the list.
On this screen here,



If you select Choose default program, do you get this screen?



From there you can use the browse button to go to the location strollin posted to find the winword.exe
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