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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Microsoft Doesn't Want You To Read This

Have you ever had one of those days?

You go to open a document that you’ve been working on for a client expecting your favorite version of MS Word to start up, and suddenly Word 2007 kicks in and takes over.

I mean, what happened?

Where did this come from? And why is it happening now, just when you need to finish off that important proposal for your client that’s about to spend $95K with your competitor unless they have your plan in their hands?

MS Office 2007 comes preinstalled as a trial version on many new machines today and lies dormant if you load an older version on top of it. So if you bought a new laptop within the past year, and you loaded your own version of Office on it, then chances are good that MS Word 2007 has been on your system unnoticed until your client or coworker sent you a DOCX file. And when you opened it up, MS Word 2007 became the default program for opening all DOC files. Kind of a good deal unless you haven’t ponied up the $300 to buy it.

But don’t worry. There is a way to get back in action quickly.

Open up “Folder Options” in your control panel:

Changing the default application that opens your files

This will bring up the “Folder Options” window. Click the “File Types” tab

Changing the default application that opens your files

This has all of the registered file types. Scroll down to the DOC file type and select it:

Changing the default application that opens your files

Down in the box entitled “Details for ‘DOC’ Extension” you will see what application has been selected to be used to open this file type. Chances are it will be using MS Word 2007. Click the “Change” button:

Changing the default application that opens your files

Once you click the “Change” button, a new window will open entitled “Open With”. You can then select the type of application that you want to use with files with this extension. Once you have selected the type of application that you want to use, be sure to check the small checkbox at the bottom. The one entitled “Always use the selected program to open this kind of file”. Then click OK and you will be off to the races.

As a side note, I think it's very revealing that I'm using a program that is over 10 years old as an example here. But hey, I’m a working Joe like everybody else. I don't have oodles of money to give away to Microsoft when the older stuff still gets the job done.

Just wait 'till I get on my OpenOffice apple cart.

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