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In Windows Vista in Microsoft Word 2007 I am trying to open a hyperlink and get an error message that says no program is registered to open this file.

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In Windows Vista in Microsoft Word 2007 I am trying to open a hyperlink and get an error message that says no program is registered to open this file
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by:Ste206
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What does the hyperlink navigate to? some hyperlinks navigate to files rather than pages on the internet, if its a file and your computer hasnt got the required program installed needed to open the file you will get this dialog by default.

If you can post the hyperlink in here I could assist you further.

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by:GrahamSkan
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The target file will have a file extension. This is used by the Hyperlink mechanism to decide with which application to open the file. If the extension is not registered to an application, you will get that message.

Note the the displayed Hyperlink text is not necessarily the Hyperlink address. You can right-click on the Hyperlink and select 'Edit Hyperlink...' to see (in the Address box) what the actual target file is.
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by:oneoneight
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The manual is opened in Word 2007 and the hyperlinks that won't open are .pdf files.  I have Adobe Reader 9.  The association in Vista Administration tools for .pdf is Adobe Reader 9.1.  I tried to copy and paste the hyperlink and this is all I got:
5.      HIPAA Security Rule ~ Title 45 C.F.R. Parts 160 and 164
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Under edit hyperlink, the extension was .pdf.
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I have uninstalled Adobe reader 9, tried running earlier versions, repaired, reinstalled.  I can't find any other place in Vista 64 bit to associate programs other than Default Programs then Associate a file type or protocol with a program.
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by:LeeTutor
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here is a page that shows how to change file extension associations with the built-in Vista interface, complete with screenshots:

http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10877_11-6172036.html
How do I... Change file extension associations in Windows Vista?

On my Vista, I am using Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.1.  This was associated to both .pdf and .pdx file extensions.
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oneoneight, any feedback?
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Sorry to all the comments.  I was out this morning.  The previous comments, unfortuately didn't help.  I searched yesterday afternoon and found another person with a similar problem .  They were told to download the program unassoc, delete pdf from the list, and let Adobe repair.  I did this and it worked!
Thanks to everyone for trying.  If you run into this again sometime, might be worth passing along.

Thanks.
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