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where is my set associations control panel? (Windows Vista-IE-Windows Mail)

Posted on 2011-02-28
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I received a D O C file and Windows tells that the file does not have a assocaition with it, even though the file name is followed by (.doc).
It tells me to create an association in my "set associations control panel"
Where can I find that on Windows Vista?
Thanks.
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☠ MASQ ☠ earned 325 total points
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Just ignoring the question for a second :)

A .doc file is normally a Word document, if you have Microsoft Word installed then you may have a bigger problem than just file association.  In Vista if Word isn't installed it should by default open with Wordpad.

If yuor computer doesn't have Word installed then this download from Microsoft will both allow you to read the file and set the file association for you.

Are you happy you can trust the sender of the file?  This is unusual behaviour for a .doc file and may mean that it isn't what it purports to be and might be worth scanning.

Otherwise how to set file associations:

Right click on the file, choose Open and if the file doesn't already have an association Windows will ask what program you want to use to open it with.  Select Microsoft Word (if installed) or Wordpad if you don't have Word.
Also tick the option to use this setting any time Windows comes another .doc file.


Actual answer here: http://www.winvistaclub.com/t19.html

Sorry to take the long way 'round, it just sounds like there might be more to this.
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ok, it would not open when the file was clicked on in the e-mail. Once I saved it then it did open with Word.
Thanks.
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That makes sense, as a security measure your email software was stopping Windows from recognising the file until you had downloaded it even though you had the software to open it installed.  It's a good system & stops you inadvertently opening something nasty direct from your emails.

Thanks for adding points :)
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