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Help! I can't open my wordpad documents

by beatlejoel / January 8, 2005 6:58 PM PST

I have recently bought a new dell, dimension 2400 series computer and love it. The problem I am having is when trying to open a wordpad document I created from another computer it am getting a message stating that it "cannot load Word for Windows 6.0 files"
Why am I getting this message and what do I need to do to open these files?
Thanks in advance,
I am running Windows xp home edition and the wordpad documents had a .doc extension.

Thanks again

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Evidently you don't have Office or Word installed
by TONI H / January 8, 2005 8:02 PM PST

and Windows knows the original document was created in that format......so try right clicking the .doc file and see if you get the option of "open with" and then choose Wordpad as the default program to use for .doc files. If it opens correctly in Wordpad, then do the procedure again, but make sure you put a checkmark in the box at the bottom of the window that says 'always use this program'....and all future .doc files will use Wordpad by default.

If you should install Office/Word later on, it will override the wordpad setting and make itself the default program used at that time.


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Another Possible Solution
by timwerx / January 8, 2005 9:06 PM PST

Right click on the file and rename its extension to "rtf." Then see if that'll work.

Also, for a great open source word processor program, I recommend Open Office. It's high-quality freeware, and it will open and create "doc" files.

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Try this...
by markguy / March 6, 2005 12:14 AM PST
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Help! I can't open my wordpad documents - by beatlejoel
by peteshull / March 19, 2005 9:24 AM PST
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Help! I can't open my wordpad documents - by beatlejoel
by beatlejoel / March 19, 2005 1:23 PM PST

It worked!!!!


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I tried the link but it did not work...
by nevaeh7er / January 21, 2010 12:52 AM PST

I tried the link -- http://helpdesk.graniteschools.org/docs/software/XPWordpadDocFiles/ --but it just bought me to another search engine...I too am having problems opening my Wordpad files...I transferred my wordpad docs from a XP desktop computer to a brand new XP laptop and now I cannot open the Wordpad docs...CAN YOU PLEASEEEEE HELP!!! I tried clicking on the link and then cutting pasting it into the browser...

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