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Accessing Notepad

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by ImAnMT2, Oct 2, 2009.

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  1. ImAnMT2

    ImAnMT2 Thread Starter

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    I'm having a problem reading a Word document in Notepad. When I right click on a Word document and chose to view it in Notepad, this is what I see in Notepad.


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    I am running Vista 64-bit, Dell Insipiron 1545. I use Word 2003 SP3 but originally had Word 2007 and have since uninstalled it. Is there some type of atribute that can be changed to be able to access Notepad from a Word document. I use this option a lot and hope there's some way to resolve this.

    Thank you for any help. Carol
     
  2. Callum_Dawson

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    The file extension of your document probably isn't supported with notepad. What is the file extension of your file?
     
  3. ImAnMT2

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    Actually, I'm having this same situation on my PC which is running XP and the same version of Microsoft Office Word 2003, SP3. The Dell I was asking about is a laptop. The document extensions though on both computers is .doc (Microsoft Word Document).

    Thanks for your insight. Carol
     
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    Notepad is a plain text processor. You are seeing Word's formatting code when you view a .doc with it. The actual text will be there somewhere also.

    You have Word, so may I ask why you are trying to use Notepad for .doc?
     
  5. ImAnMT2

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    Hi Terri -- I have production reports that I do and I just find it quicker and easier to right click a report in it's folder to check something than bring it into Word. It's just a little weird that I haven't noticed this before now. I do see the text underneath all the formatting codes, however.

    It's just that I've never noticed this before and was wondering how it happened and if there was a way to change it.

    Thanks for your reply.
    Carol
     
  6. TerryNet

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    I have no clue what changed, but am pretty sure it wasn't Notepad. Notepad in Windows 7 doesn't seem to be any different than the one in Windows 98.

    Word can save in several different file types, including .txt. Is it possible that the Production Reports used to be stored in a different format and only recently changed to the default .doc?
     
  7. ImAnMT2

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    The production reports that I do are all .doc format. Reports are transcribed in Word with .doc extentions. I'm wondering though being you brought up change, the dictation software that I use works through Word, and they recently made an upgrade to allow for Vista users. It's possible there could have been a change or something made that is causing this to happen. I'll have to contact them and see, but I know right now what the guy will say...lol

    Thank you for your help and to Mr. Dawson. Have a great weekend!
    Carol
     
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