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Microsoft Word Files Won't Open

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Frequently, users have difficulties opening files. The files can be opened from within Word, but when clicked from Windows, they won’t open.

The problem isn’t with Word. This is most likely a problem with file associations. Windows’ file associations frequently get changed inadvertently. Fortunately, it can be remedied very easily.

In Windows XP, follow these steps:

1. Right click a Word file
2. Select Open With from the pop-up menu
3. Click Choose Program…
4. Select Word in the Programs box
5. Check Always use the selected program to open this kind of file
6. Click OK

The next time you click on a Word file, it will open correctly.
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