Not sure about Vista, but in XP Wordpad can open .rtf files. And, of course, you can tell XP to open .rtf files with Wordpad by default (not necessary if you've got Word). XP Notepad is limited to textfiles.
http://www.computerhaven.info/forum/tm.aspx?m=41159 tells you how to associate a file extension with a program in Vista. It's the only way left from XP, I get the impression.
To open .doc files you can download the free Microsoft Word viewer from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=95E24C87-8732-48D5-8689-AB826E7B8FDF&displaylang=en
It has a link to the Office 2007 compatibility pack, and if you install that you can even read the new .docx format.
Hope this helps.
Hi- I have a new Dell with Vista OS and was told the Microsoft Works Word Processor or Notepad would be able to open Word docs from my e-mail (the new "Windows mail" software).
But when I go to set associations, there is no option on what program to associate .docs to -- .doc is not there. Is there a way to get the Notepad to open Word Doc attachments as an rtf automatically from Windows Mail? Please help!
Vincent in Connecticut