Unable to set file association for Word 2003

  squibber 09:08 16 Aug 2010


I am unable to set the file association for Word 2003 successfully. On clicking Winword in Program files\Office11 Word is not selected as an option for file association. I can select other applications but not Word.

I can open word files from Word but not as email attachments or in Windows Explorer.

I am running Vista Home Premium with Office 2003.

Any prior experience of or advice regarding this problem would be appreciated.

  Woolwell 10:37 16 Aug 2010

Try this - Start - Default programs - click on "Associate a file type or protocol with a program" - wait - scroll down to all that start doc and dot and make sure that Word is default program If not make Word the default program.

  squibber 14:11 16 Aug 2010

Thanks for a quick reply but the problem is the same - the default program is Wordpad and although other options will select using "Change Program" Winword fails to do so. I have also tried right clicking on a Word file and "open with".

  Woolwell 15:33 16 Aug 2010

The default program should be Microsoft Office Word not Wordpad.

  squibber 15:47 16 Aug 2010

I realise that but seem unable to change in from Wordpad.

  Woolwell 15:51 16 Aug 2010

Try a repair of office.

  squibber 17:39 16 Aug 2010

Thanks for the suggestions. I had done several repairs and re-installs of Office.

I realised this afternoon that the problem is the Word application file name "Winword" which is loading Wordpad rather Word. I changed the filename and bingo all works OK.

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