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Word 2007 and 2010 installed - how to ALWAYS force documents to open with 2010

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Last Modified: 2015-09-13
Hi all,

We have Office 2010 installed around our business as standard (on Windows 7).  

However, one department requires Outlook 2007 due to a call centre plug-in that does not work with 2010.  In order for these users to access the advanced editing option in Outlook 2007 (e.g. spell check etc), they also require Word 2007 to be installed.

So this means that they have the full Office 2010 installation, plus Outlook & Word 2007.  Word 2010 should be configured as the default program to open Word documents with, but everynow and then we find that something (usually an old .doc file) triggers Word 2007 to become the default application.

This annoyingly means that it runs through the 'configuration setup' for Word 2007.

If you try and right click on the file and select 'always open with', it doesn't seem to differentiate between 2007 and 2010 - it just displays the Microsoft Word icon.  Presumably this is because it is just looking for the 'winword.exe' application.

Is there anyway (perhaps via a reg hack?) that we can force these machines to ALWAYS open .doc, .docx or any kind of Word file with 2010?
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