Seems that the file association for .wpd has been changed from WordPerfect to Notepad. This is not supposed to happen automatically. Still, I assume you don't know how it happened.
The simple remedy: change it back to WordPerfect and all is fine again. From My Computer or Windows Explorer:
- find such a file
- select 'open with ...'
- select 'choose a program'
- from the list, select wordperfect
- check the box that says "Always use this program to open files with this extension"
- OK, OK, OK
That should be all, assuming WordPerfect is still present on your system and its registry settings are undamaged. If necessary, reinstall it and it will associate itself with .wpd sure enough.
Hope this helps.
System: Windows XP Home SP2
Problem: ALL WordPerfect folders-files in MY DOCUMENTS now display their contents in symbols-hieroglyphics-cuneiform. The title bars are in English but they now also show a notation of 'notepad' at the end of the title.
A notepad item placed in MY DOCS w/a .txt extension displays ok;
A Outlook Express item placed in MY DOCS w/a .eml extension displays ok;
A WordPerfect item placed in MY DOCS w/a .wpd extension NOW displays gibberish/symbols.
I have no idea how this happened or how to correct these changes. Thanks for any info.