Word files are saved as Wordpad files

  old sapper 20:04 03 Aug 2006

I write documents using Word from Office 2000 but when I come to reopen them I find they are in Wordpad, which I do not want. How can I avoid this please? I have opened "Tools", "options", "save" and
clicked on "save as Word file" but nothing changes. I still find files saved in Wordpad. I had my machine re-booted recently and my computer man did not have my Office CD-ROM so when he re-installed the files he had copied, they all appeared as Wordpad files. If I delete Wordpad, will I still be able to open these files, preferably in Word, or will I lose them?

  VoG II 20:06 03 Aug 2006

Right click a .doc file, select Open With. Use Choose program, browse to Word, tick 'Always use this program to open this type of file'.

  old sapper 21:30 03 Aug 2006

Very many thanks indeed. This has done it!!
Fantastic!! Thanks also for responding so quickly. I just cannot emphasise how grateful I am to you.

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