Make Word documents open in Word

by on March 8, 2010

Q: All of a sudden all my Word documents have started opening in Word Pad instead of Word. Is there a way I can get them opening in Word again?

A: The problem is that your Word document (.doc, .docx, etc) file extensions have been associated with Word Pad some how. The solution is to associate the Word document extensions with Word again. To do this you will want to right click on one of your Word documents. You will then see a menu with a few choices and you will want to select the Open With option.

You should then be presented with a list of programs you can use to open the file with. Select Word from the list and then make sure to check the box next to Always use the selected program to open this kind of file. Once you do this you will want to test by clicking on the file to see if it opens in Word. The good news is from now on it should always open in Word so you will only have to do this again if something gets changed.

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