Open WordPad from the Start menu. (Start-All Programs-Accessories-WordPad) Once it's open, click on "File" in the upper left, select "Open", then navigate to the file you want to open and double click on it. You may need to select a different "Files of Type" by using the drop down menu to choose .wri or .rtf but it depends on what type of file extension was on the previously saved file. That should cause WordPad to open the file instead of the new default association (MS Word) which opens the file when you double click on it.
Hope this helps.
I have a number of WordPad documents that are several years old on thumbdrives.
I used WordPad with the idea in mind that I would always be able to open them
with WordPad, not knowing the horrible truth that WordPad often will not open
WordPad documents. When I tried opening them with a later version PC at first I
would get a message like:
Cannot open Word for Windows (6 something I believe) documents.
It seems that shouldn't apply to them, since they are WordPad documents not Word
documents. Since they have been on the computer for a while things are now
different. Now when I click on them they do open, but they show text only and
anything that's bold, underlined, and all pictures now show up as just squares
and different types of symbols. I'm afraid the computer has ruined them. If not,
can anyone tell me if there's a way to get them back the way I made them to
begin with, and get WordPad to open these WordPad documents? Or if WordPad won't
open them, is there a program that will? Can anyone help me understand what's going on and how to make things right again? When I make new WordPad documents now with the new computer they work just fine, but the old ones don't. Is it a mistake to use WordPad at all, because in five years from now WordPad won't open the ones I'm making now anymore either...if WordPad is even still being included in five years?
Thanks for any help!