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Windows 7: MS Word extension(s) association FIX

30 Jan 2016   #1

Windows 7 professional 64bit
MS Word extension(s) association FIX

Hi all,
Hope this can help others with the same problem. In my new systen I had accidentally "always" associated DOC files to WordPad. Then I installed MS Office 2000 (yeah, I know....) with hopes it would still work.

Seems to be okay so far except for trying to open a DOC file from a directory as it couldn't be associated to Word. it was not in the "Open With" options nor available in the associated options page in control panel. I also couldn't find it in the browse search.

I first reinstalled Office, then tried the repair deal suggested elsewhere but still no "MS Word" program to pick from.

I then found an old thread here on the subject in hopes to find a fix:

MS Word not in default file associations list

It gets into REG editing which I wanted to avoid since it's a new system. and didn't want to chance mucking it up this soon.

SOLUTION: I couldn't browse to the "Word" program to select it since I didn't know where it was even after doing multiple directory searches for it. If you're not laughing at my stupidity by now, note that it wasn't until I read the above link that I learned the program is called winword.exe and not word.exe.

Since the shortcut properties for Word wouldn't show me a location, I figured MS had it hidden or something. I previously never had a reason to know the programs real name!

Anyway, lesson learned and hope this may keep someone else from pulling out their hair and/or messing up their REG if they don't have to!


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31 Jan 2016   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1

Hi & welcome to the Forum.

Have a look through this MS website & see if that works for you.
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