Can you use the "open file dialog box" in an Office application to open other types of files?


A customer swears that at a previous employer, she was able to open ANY type of file from within Word, and it would open said file with its native application (i.e. a PDF in Acrobat). Therefore, she is saying that through the Word "Open file dialog box" with all files exposed *.* that she could open anything.  I have been unsuccessful in proving her right. Can anybody make this happen?
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You can tell it to open but you will get hieroglyphics and it will ask you what setting do you want to use.  I just tried it on word 2003 and 2007 with the same results.
It won't happen quite simply as the applications such as Office are designed when you use the File Open dialogue box to open the file selected in that application.  I think you have a classic user issue here of the true problem existing between the chair and the keyboard!

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The only way that this person could have done this is if she uses the File Open command, selects all files, then right clicks on the file and selects open.  This then uses the Windows Explorer open command and will take the file type and look for an associated program to open it.  That way you can open a PDF via Word Open, but really this is just a rubbish way of working!
jmwilsonsrAuthor Commented:
Thank you, Gentlemen. I was sure this was the case but I did want to verify my thoughts with the Expert community.
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