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Word/Excel won't open on its own-needs to be done manually.

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by Rosemrman1, Jan 13, 2006.

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  1. Rosemrman1

    Rosemrman1 Thread Starter

    Jan 13, 2006
    When I try to open Word and Excel Files, Windows ask how I should open them. I have to manually select Word and Excel from the list that shows all the different programs on the computer. Once I manually tell it to open in Word or Excel it does, but it is an inconvience. Also each file does not have a Word or Excel Logo, it is white with a little computer screen in the middle. Each file is saved as ".xls" or ".doc" files. Any help with this would be great! Thanks!


    Also-any idea how to open ".RAR" files?
  2. kiwiguy


    Aug 17, 2003
    Slightly dependent on Windows version (which you omit to mention) but:
    Using Windows Explorer, navigate to any .xls file, right click it and select "open with"
    (you may need to hold shift down when right clicking).
    Select "choose program" (even if Excel is in the drop down list) and then choose Excel, make sure the "always use this program" box it ticked.

    Then do the same with a .doc file, but this time select Word as above.

    That will set your file associations.

    .rar is a compressed file, opened by a program called WinRar (not part of Windows or Office, Google would find you a download copy)
  3. jdscott


    Jan 13, 2006
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