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I have vista (home edition) on dell laptop (xps/m1330)= pre installed
i want to use my office 2003... have disks, i did install,,, all programs work except word,,,, it keeps defaulting to some strange word program or works (both unexceptable). When I want to open a word .doc it opens in strange word program, then i have to put it on the desktop convert it (saveas) .dot//// I am working from home and have to open .dot from the internet very often.

what should I do, is there local settings on my computer that I am not using??

please help
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"t keeps defaulting to some strange word program"

Is it that MS Word doesn't function or that .doc files are associated with some other program.

If it is the latter, change the files associations for .doc files so it opens with Word.

To do that, right click on a .doc file. Select Open With / Choose Default Program. Select Word from the list or browse to it. Then make sure "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" is checked
 

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"t keeps defaulting to some strange word program"

Is it that MS Word doesn't function or that .doc files are associated with some other program.

If it is the latter, change the files associations for .doc files so it opens with Word.

To do that, right click on a .doc file. Select Open With / Choose Default Program. Select Word from the list or browse to it. Then make sure "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" is checked
my hero.... i did that, and . doc = word does not show up in the list, all the other programms are there (ie excel, powerpoint, access)... but no word.

do I have to add some kind of patch???
 
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Did your browse to where Word is installed?

Did Word actually get installed? Does Word function? Can you start Word all by itself from Programs
 

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bob, you rock!!! i've been looking for an answer and screwing around with settings for 4 weeks....
i installed office 2003 it in programs on the c drive, i can open word from start> programs> microsoft> word. and I can save as and then select the .doc default. but when I ask to open a .doc from my vpin file it opens in some crazy extension.... sooo I have to send the doc to the document folder, than open it from word.

does that help????
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"when I ask to open a .doc from my vpin file"

What is a "vpin file"?

Did setting the default program for .doc files to Word solve the problem
 

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sorry, I got kicked off the computer...
vpn... you know whrn i am working from home I am opening my work database that is in another city... I get my work documente (word) from there.

i didn't have that option (setting default program for .doc (word) that's what I think is nuts, my choices for opening a word doc is: wordpad, office.org (2.3)= this is the strange one (office.org 2.3). word.do is not listed. but when I look farther everthing else is there ..... excel, powerpoint, access.

Please help, people at work don't consider this their problem. it's mine.

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