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Open Word docs-but only from withinWord!

By brifd1 ·
Win 98SE, Word 2002
I used to be able to open a Word document from anywhere, e.g. from within Explorer double-clicking. Now when I do what I just noted, I get the word menus, but no document...and no, it's not hidden (I'm not even sure you can do that-I'm thinking of Excel, where I often do this). I end up having to: (1) open Word; and then (2) File\Open or click on the folder to get the Open dialog box.
What happened here???

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by Juergen Hartl In reply to Open Word docs-but only f ...

Check your registry.
Open regedit and navigate to the key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Word.Document.8\shell\Open\command

It should look like this:
"E:\MSOffice\Office10\WINWORD.EXE" /n /dde

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Word.Document.8\shell\Open\ddeexec
should be:
[REM _DDE_Direct][FileOpen("%1")]

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Word.Document.8\shell\Open\ddeexec\Application
should be:
WinWord

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Word.Document.8\shell\Open\ddeexec\Topic
should be:
System


E:\MSOffice\Office10\ is the installation path of Office adjust accordingly!

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by brifd1 In reply to

(Default) '"':\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10\WINWORD.EXE" "%1'"'

I have a "dd eexec" folder under shell\Print and shell\Printto

"[REM_DDE_Minimize][FileOpen("%1")][t=lsDocumentDirty()][FilePrint 0][SetDocumentDirty t][DocClose]"

"[REM_DDE_Minimize][FileOpen("%1")][FilePrintSetup "%2 on p",.DoNotSetAsSysDefault=1][FilePrint 0][DocClose 2][FilePrintSetup '"']"

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by brifd1 In reply to Open Word docs-but only f ...

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