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Is there a GPO where I can set "File Types"

Posted on 2004-08-31
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Right now word 2003 will not open .wpd files automatically from withing an email message.  I need to save it and open word then click open and browse to where I saved it and it opens fine.  To make it automatic I can manually add the file type association.  I want to do this firm wide.  

Any suggestions?
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by:BigC666
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howdy,

open explorer->tools->options->file types and look for the wpd extension, if you don't find it add it and assoc. it with word

hope that this helps
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by:wtp_issc
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I know how to create an association manually on every machine, but I need to do it on 400 of them and hopefully all at once through a Group Policy.
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by:BigC666
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oops, sorry, maby someone else
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by:msice
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What I would do is create a .reg file called word.reg - save it in your netlogon folder and put something like this in it:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.doc]
@="Word.Document.8"
"Content Type"="application/msword"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.doc\ShellNew]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.doc\Word.Document.6]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.doc\Word.Document.6\ShellNew]
"FileName"="winword.doc"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.doc\Word.Document.8]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.doc\Word.Document.8\ShellNew]
"FileName"="winword8.doc"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.doc\WordDocument]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.doc\WordDocument\ShellNew]
"FileName"="winword2.doc"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.doc\WordPad.Document.1]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.doc\WordPad.Document.1\ShellNew]
"NullFile"=""


DO not include END of the file - above line.

Then add this to your login scripts where you want the computers to open .doc with Word:
regedit /s word.reg

Hope this helps it works great I use it for many things AD won't do for me.

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by:wtp_issc
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Will those registry edits open .wpd files in Word?  I don't see any mention of WPD.  Maybe it'll open any questionable program with word...not sure though please let me know.

I think you're on the right path.
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Yeah you just need to copy out the reg key from a computer that is opening whatever extension the way you want. EX:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.doc
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.wpd
whatever the extension is export that key open in notepad and copy/paste it into the word.reg file
Hope this helps.
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