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Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by Fernmarknshazza, Jan 3, 2013.

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  1. Fernmarknshazza

    Fernmarknshazza Thread Starter

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    Can anyone help please?

    I downloaded Open Office. Having now removed it I cannot automatically open .doc files that are emailed to me. I have to save them first then right click and 'open with'. Can anyone help me resolve this problem?

    Many thanks in advance.
     
  2. flavallee

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    Install the free Word Viewer.

    It allows you to open and view documents in .doc format, but it doesn't allow you to edit or change them.

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  3. Fernmarknshazza

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    Ah, thank you flavallee. Is there no way to rectify everything so that it's back to the way it was instead? I have MS Office already and just want it to recognise the files.
     
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    You didn't originally say you have Microsoft Office installed.

    You only said you uninstalled OpenOffice.

    Word is part of the Microsoft Office suite and is what you want to open .doc files with.

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  5. Fernmarknshazza

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    Apologies for not being specific. I was waiting for a dialogue to begin before spewing information. Sorry.

    I've gone to Windows and set .doc to open with Word as default. I presume on downloading Open Office it changed the default. I can now open .doc files with no problem.

    The problem lies with .doc files sent in email. They used to open with Word and now don't. I don't know how to rectify this. Also any .doc file on a website gives me the same problem.

    The icons on all my words files have changed too.

    Hope this has the information you need to help.
     
  6. flavallee

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    I've never used OpenOffice and Microsoft Office at the same time, so I'm not familiar with what file association issues that causes.

    I've requested your thread be moved to the "Business Applications" section.

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  7. Fernmarknshazza

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    Ah, THANK YOU for trying to help anyway, much appreciated!:)
     
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    You're welcome. :)

    You might try saving those .doc files first and then selecting Word to open them.

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  9. Fernmarknshazza

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    Yes I can. It's just such a faff.... :p
     
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    Thank you for your help. I was just about to close this post as I have, this second, stumbled across the resolution myself, although I have no idea how the issue arose in the first place.

    I was browsing Folder Options and when scanning File Options noticed, quite by accident, that there was no DOC extension. I had DOCX, DOCHTML, DOCM, DOCMHTML, but no DOC. Clicking 'new', adding doc and then applying has rectified the issue.

    I'm not sure if this occurred during installation of Open Office or during/after uninstalling. Maybe it was just co-incidence.......
     
  12. flavallee

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    Office Word 2003 and older uses the .doc extension.

    Office Word 2007 and newer uses the .docx extension.

    That's why it's recommended to install Compatibility Pack For The 2007 Office System.

    This allows various versions of Office Word to open and read and edit documents in both formats.

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    Glad it works. You had said you set .doc to open, so it took a bit longer. Enjoy.
     
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