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Old April 14th 06, 04:27 PM posted to microsoft.public.word.docmanagement
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All my Word files in all my document folders are suddenly appearing as
Wordpad files. The icon in the doc folder is Wordpad, but the file
description next to the icon says DOC file. When I click on the
WordPad icon in the folder to open the files, the Wordpad files open in
WordPad. I can open the Word application, however, and open the
Wordpad files using the Open function, at which time the file opens as
a Word file.

My PowerPoint files are appearing as a file format I don't recognize
and that will not open from the icon (the system does not recognize the
file format). I can open the files from within the PowerPoint
application and have them be PP files.

I tried opening one of the Word files within Word, then saving it, but
it still appears in the document folder as a WordPad file. If I send it
via email, it appears as a WordPad file.

I ran an updated virus check and got nothing.

What the heck is going on? Is this a Windows thing or a Word/Powerpoint
thing?

Thanks!

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Old April 14th 06, 05:14 PM posted to microsoft.public.word.docmanagement
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For Word, see http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/AppErrors/ReRegisterWord.htm.
PowerPoint will also need to be reregistered, but I don't offhand know the
command line for that (possibly powerpnt.exe /regserver).

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All my Word files in all my document folders are suddenly appearing as
Wordpad files. The icon in the doc folder is Wordpad, but the file
description next to the icon says DOC file. When I click on the
WordPad icon in the folder to open the files, the Wordpad files open in
WordPad. I can open the Word application, however, and open the
Wordpad files using the Open function, at which time the file opens as
a Word file.

My PowerPoint files are appearing as a file format I don't recognize
and that will not open from the icon (the system does not recognize the
file format). I can open the files from within the PowerPoint
application and have them be PP files.

I tried opening one of the Word files within Word, then saving it, but
it still appears in the document folder as a WordPad file. If I send it
via email, it appears as a WordPad file.

I ran an updated virus check and got nothing.

What the heck is going on? Is this a Windows thing or a Word/Powerpoint
thing?

Thanks!


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Old April 14th 06, 06:30 PM posted to microsoft.public.word.docmanagement
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Can you tell me why this happened so I can prevent it from happening
again?

Thank you for the fast reply.

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Old April 14th 06, 06:59 PM posted to microsoft.public.word.docmanagement
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No idea, but it seems to happen fairly often to some people.

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Can you tell me why this happened so I can prevent it from happening
again?

Thank you for the fast reply.


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Old April 14th 06, 07:19 PM posted to microsoft.public.word.docmanagement
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OK, thanks. I've had this notebook and Word/PowerPoint for about three
months. The only recent odd thing was that I uninstalled the trial
version of WordPerfect, and since then the Windows Installer tool keeps
popping up. Don't know if that would affect my other applications.
Thanks again!

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Old April 15th 06, 06:10 AM posted to microsoft.public.word.docmanagement
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Word Perfect and Word would fight for control of the DOC file association
hence the lost file association when you uninstalled. Repair Office from the
Word Help menu.

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wrote:
OK, thanks. I've had this notebook and Word/PowerPoint for about three
months. The only recent odd thing was that I uninstalled the trial
version of WordPerfect, and since then the Windows Installer tool
keeps popping up. Don't know if that would affect my other
applications. Thanks again!



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Old April 15th 06, 04:15 PM posted to microsoft.public.word.docmanagement
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WP hasn't used .doc for several versions, though, has it?

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Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
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"Graham Mayor" wrote in message
...
Word Perfect and Word would fight for control of the DOC file association
hence the lost file association when you uninstalled. Repair Office from

the
Word Help menu.

--

Graham Mayor - Word MVP

My web site www.gmayor.com
Word MVP web site http://word.mvps.org


wrote:
OK, thanks. I've had this notebook and Word/PowerPoint for about three
months. The only recent odd thing was that I uninstalled the trial
version of WordPerfect, and since then the Windows Installer tool
keeps popping up. Don't know if that would affect my other
applications. Thanks again!




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Old April 16th 06, 05:57 AM posted to microsoft.public.word.docmanagement
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I haven't installed it to check, but as it did so previously I would have
expected it to retain that compatibility - and as the file association has
obviously been screwed up, this is as likely an explanation as any

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Graham Mayor - Word MVP

My web site www.gmayor.com
Word MVP web site http://word.mvps.org


Suzanne S. Barnhill wrote:
WP hasn't used .doc for several versions, though, has it?


"Graham Mayor" wrote in message
...
Word Perfect and Word would fight for control of the DOC file
association hence the lost file association when you uninstalled.
Repair Office from the Word Help menu.

--

Graham Mayor - Word MVP

My web site www.gmayor.com
Word MVP web site http://word.mvps.org


wrote:
OK, thanks. I've had this notebook and Word/PowerPoint for about
three months. The only recent odd thing was that I uninstalled the
trial version of WordPerfect, and since then the Windows Installer
tool keeps popping up. Don't know if that would affect my other
applications. Thanks again!



 




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