Why do all my Word documents open in Word Pad?

by on March 5, 2010

Q: All my word documents suddenly changed to word pad. Does this mean there is a virus in my computer? How do I change it all back?

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    Right click on one of the documents that you want to open in word. Mouse over ‘open with’ and then on the menu to the right select ‘Choose Program…’. Select Word from the list of programs and make sure the check box next to “Always use the selected program to open this kind of file” is filled in.

    After this your computer will remember to always open word documents with Microsoft word.

    If you find you’re still having trouble try launching word then open a word document from within word to make sure the program is working correctly.

    See also: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307859

     
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    Thank you Mark. It worked.