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Can not save Word03 documents

by runninpsyche / January 30, 2007 5:04 AM PST

I recently had to reinstall my XP operating system on my HP laptop. I was able to save all of my documents, which were all in Word03. After reinstalling my operating system and re-registering my Microsoft products, all of my Word documents are now in WordPad. Office 03 is installed, and I can open the program, but anytime I try to save a file it gets saved as a WordPad document.

Any suggestions?


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Re: .doc filetype
by Kees Bakker / January 30, 2007 7:01 AM PST

What do you mean with a Wordpad-document? Wordpad - in Windows XP - can save a file with a .rtf-extension or with a .txt extension. And Word can save a file with a .rtf-extension, with a .doc (default) and many more. So a rtf-file can be considered both as a Wordpad and as a Word file.

Wordpad can open .doc-files in an old format, but I don't think it wil read .doc-file from Office 2003. Your need MS Word for that.

So the things to research:
1. with what file extension does Word save its files (and, if rtf, why don't you specify that it must be .doc)?
2. what's the file association for that filetype (and for the .doc filetype)?

Go into Control Panel>Folder Options (or from My Computer, or from Windows Explorer). Use the View tab to UNCHECK the option to hide extensions for known file types, so you will see .rtf, .txt and .doc.
Use the Filetypes tab to find out what program these file types are opened with.

Post back your findings. I suppose a repair install of MS Office is all that is needed, but it's useful to know more of the problem first.

Hope this helps.


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Same problem -, also Excel Files- Multiple rg w/ MS?
by 62es125 / February 1, 2007 2:20 PM PST


I have the same issue. I loaded my bought &paid and registered copy of Office '03 that came with my old PC on to my new desktop pc. When it prompted me to register it i did using the numbers on the box. Well, I think but am not sure that when I got an "automatic update " from MS several months later, it found a "duplicate" with the same serial # of the original and semi disabled it. (the version on my old machine still works fine) I have read elsewhere that MS released this "update" that causes this but I have not found a fix!! The files all have the Wordpad icon and the Excel ones wont open until you select Excel from a list of programs. You can work around but it is a pain. Help!

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Re: Excel problem
by Kees Bakker / February 1, 2007 7:34 PM PST
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