How to make Word my default word processor instead of Wordpad?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by felix_the_cat, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. Installed Office Professional 2007 (academic edition--still spendy, but not
    as bad) about a week after I bought my new computer. Wordpad is set as my
    default download processor (e.g., when I am opening/saving an attachment from
    an e-mail). How do I change it to Word 2007?
    felix_the_cat, Apr 24, 2007
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    Rick Rogers Guest


    Go to the Control Panel/Default Programs. Click the line to associate a file
    type with a program. Scroll down the list to .doc and select it, then click
    the button to 'change program'. This should allow you to select Word as the
    Rick Rogers, Apr 24, 2007
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    Chad Harris Guest

    Hey Felix--

    Easy. Put up an IE browser Window>Tools>Programs>Choose the program you
    want IE to use to edit HTML files>and choose Word on the pulldown instead of

    Chad Harris, Apr 24, 2007
  4. Rick,

    Thanks. Worked like a charm...except when I try to save or open an
    attachment from my account (CWU = Central Washington University) it
    doesn't work. Even though the default list in the control panel says
    "Microsoft Word" when I go to save the attachment (which is designated as a
    ..doc file) the default given is Wordpad. What is even weirder is when I go to
    the control panel default program list it says Word is the default program
    but when you click on the .doc Wordpad is highlighted, but Word is given as
    one of the choices. If you highlight Word and then chose it as the default it
    does its thing and says Word is the default, but once again I go to my
    university e-mail account and Wordapd comes up as the default. It is really
    strange and really annoying. Any ideas?
    felix_the_cat, Apr 25, 2007
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    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi felix_the_cat,

    Can you export a copy of these registry keys:


    and post the contents? Run regedit, expand to the key and click on it. Click
    file/export and save with a name of your choice to the desktop. Repeat for
    the other key (using a different name). Close the registry editor. Now right
    click a saved key and use 'edit' to open it in notepad. Click edit/select
    all/edit/copy, then open a response to this post and click in the message
    text area. Hit ctrl+v to paste the contents. Repeat for the other key.
    Rick Rogers, Apr 25, 2007
  6. Rick,

    Here is the info:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    "Content Type"="application/msword"

    "opendocument.WriterDocument.1"=" "






    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00





    In addition, in the Command folder under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\doc_auto_file the
    "Data" line reads: "%ProgramFiles%\Windows NT\WORDPAD.EXE""%1"

    The name for this data is "ab(Default)." So, I definitely think you are on
    to something here. Obviously, Wordpad is set as the default in this registry
    file, no?

    Thanks a million. Let me know if I can safely alter this situation.

    felix_the_cat, Apr 27, 2007
  7. Chad,

    Followed your instructions and Word is/was set as the default program to
    edit HTML files, but I still only get Wordpad when I try and download .doc
    files that are attached.
    felix_the_cat, Apr 27, 2007
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    Rick Rogers Guest


    Yes, you can safely alter the path file to that of MSWord. At worst, you
    change it back.

    Rick Rogers, Apr 27, 2007
  9. Rick,

    Just change WORDPAD.EXE to MSWORD.EXE?


    felix_the_cat, Apr 27, 2007
  10. It worked! The default says "doc_auto_file" not MSWORD, but Word is what
    opens up the attached .doc file so what the heck. If there is some reason to
    change it other than aesthetics let me know, if you know.

    Thanks abunch,

    felix_the_cat, Apr 27, 2007
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    Rick Rogers Guest


    No, change:
    "%ProgramFiles%\Windows NT\WORDPAD.EXE""%1"

    "%ProgramFiles%\microsoft office\Office12\Winword.exe""%1"

    Or whatever the correct path is for this program on your machine, appended
    with the "%1".

    Rick Rogers, Apr 27, 2007
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    Rick Rogers Guest


    Rick Rogers, Apr 27, 2007
  13. Rick,

    I went a head and just changed WORDPAD.EXE to MSWORD.EXE bc I didn't hear
    back and figured what the heck. It worked, but if you think I should change:
    "%ProgramFiles%\Windows NT\WORDPAD.EXE""%1"

    "%ProgramFiles%\microsoft office\Office12\Winword.exe""%1"

    Or whatever the correct path is for this program on your machine, appended
    with the "%1".

    How do I figure out/confirm the correct path for MSWORD program on my
    computer if it is different than the one you supplied above? What is Office
    12, etc. and how do I gain this info?

    p.s. I am tempted to leave it as is bc it worked for both my hotmail and accounts, buy please let me know what you think, o.k.?

    felix_the_cat, Apr 27, 2007
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    Rick Rogers Guest


    Click start, type winword, right click the entry in the menu, select 'open
    file location'. The file path will be in the atmosphere. Office12 is just
    another name for the version of Office I am using (2007).

    Rick Rogers, Apr 28, 2007
  15. RR,

    File path "%ProgramFiles%\microsoft office\Office12\Winword.exe""%1"worked
    like a charm. Really appreciate all your help and I learned quite a bit in
    the process. Thanks again.


    felix_the_cat, Apr 28, 2007
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