How can I get a 2003 word doc file to open in Word in Vista?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by llama mama, Feb 21, 2008.

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    llama mama Guest

    I can open an rft or a 2007 word doc OK but not 2003 - it goes to notepad or
    something like that and is all garbled. Somewhere else in here someone left
    info about going to control panel, folder options, file types, etc. and
    specify path of winword.exe - but I couldn't find File Types under folder
    options on control panel.
    llama mama, Feb 21, 2008
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    Bob Guest

    Bob, Feb 21, 2008
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    Bob Guest

    Bob, Feb 21, 2008
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    Bob Knowlden Guest

    Right click on a Word 2003 document.

    Select "open with", "choose default program". Make Word 2007 the default for
    opening it.

    I'm still using Office 2003. but I assume that you somehow have a messed-up
    file type association, and that the above will work.

    Return address scrambled. Replace nkbob with bobkn.
    Bob Knowlden, Feb 21, 2008
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    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Llama Mama.

    Just click on the .doc file. Or start Word 2007 and then Open the .doc
    file, as usual. That works for me. Or Open with, as Bob Knowlden
    suggested. The only thing different about working with older Word files in
    Word 2007 is the Save As command, or Save if I've changed the document; in
    that case, Word 2007 asks if I want to save it in the new format, using the
    ..docx extension.

    Can you open the file from within Word 2007?

    Can you open the file by clicking on the .doc in Windows Explorer? If not,
    you probably do need to update your file associations. In Vista, it is no
    longer in Folder Options, but in Control Panel | Default Programs |
    Associate a file type or protocol with a program. Click the .doc extension
    here, then Change Program should let you choose Microsoft Office Word.

    This doesn't always work for reasons not clearly understood (by me, at
    least). In that case, you might get some clues from this article on MVP
    Ramesh Srinivasan's page, although it doesn't specifically list .doc files:
    File association fixes for Windows Vista

    You might get more focused help in one of the several Office and Word
    newsgroups, rather than this Vista.general group. You can start with
    microsoft.public.word.newusers and go from there.

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1)
    R. C. White, Feb 21, 2008
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    Bill Yanaire Guest

    Hey Mr. Brains, he already has Word. OpenOffice is NOT what he is looking
    for. Actually OpenOffice isn't what anyone should be looking for.
    Bill Yanaire, Feb 21, 2008
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