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by porthome / July 24, 2013 1:54 AM PDT

This question seems to have been addressed in this forum, but not quite. I want to open .doc files with Office 2003 Word, .xls files with Office 2003 Excel, etc. But I also have Office 2007 installed, in case I have to deal with docx or xlsx files. If I try to set the default program for .doc files, I specify the Office 2003 program sitting in the Program Files (X86) directory. But Win 7 stubbornly resets this default to Word 2007. Even when I've set up a separate taskbar icon for Word 2003, sometimes it opens, and sometimes it's Word 2007 that opens, more or less at random. Gratuitous cursing of M%*#^Soft doesn't help.
Can anyone suggest a fix?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.


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Sadly, I've read this complaint before
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 24, 2013 2:00 AM PDT

And it's in the code (Word 2007) to auto repair associations.

I guess you could dive deeper into associations and create scripts to fix it from time to time but as you know, MSFT is not going to change the app.

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PS. I forgot old school.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 24, 2013 2:03 AM PDT

Create a shortcut to Word 2003 and Word 2007. Copy them to the task bar or desktop and try the usual drag and drop the doc or docx to the Word you want to start.

Sorry if I don't write a step by step but that would be repeating a lot of what's in the Windows 102 class.

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Thanks, I was afraid of that
by porthome / July 24, 2013 6:22 AM PDT

Ah, so the problem is in Office, Not W7.

I have created shortcuts, and they work most of the time.

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