Can not print multiple MS Word .docx files

I can not print multiple MS Word documents (.docx suffix) that are in a single folder, from File Explorer, and the right click menu also does not work in the MS Word Open File dialogue box. All of this used to work when I was creating and printing .doc files, created with Word 2003 Pro. I currently have Word 2016 Pro. What is it about the file extension that determines multi-file printability? Can the same capability be made to happen for .docx files? TIA.
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PerarduaadastraCommented:
Can you still print .doc files?
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DavidInsight and Energy SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Yes,  Perarduaadastra, I can.
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PerarduaadastraCommented:
Are you using Windows 7 or 10?

What actually happens when you select multiple .docx files and click bthe Print option in File Explorer?
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DavidInsight and Energy SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Sorry, it is Windows 10 (latest standard release version of Window 10 Pro 64 bit).

There is no Print option in File Explorer for .docx files. There IS a Print option for .doc files. That is the crux!
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PerarduaadastraCommented:
Can you print even a single .docx file using this method?
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DavidInsight and Energy SpecialistAuthor Commented:
No. For .doc files, the top section of the context menu includes Open, Edit, New, and Print, while for .docx files, the top section of the context menu includes only Edit.
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PerarduaadastraCommented:
What happens if you open the print queue and drag your selected .docx files into it? If this works it might be less than ideal as a workaround, but it would still be better than no solution...
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PerarduaadastraCommented:
I'm groping a bit here as I've used .rtf as my default document format for years. The only exception to this is for a particular document I print occasionally which uses a template requiring the .docx format. Out of interest I will have a tinker some time tomorrow and see what I can discover.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I just tried it here from Explorer, printing a half-dozen DOCX files. Word 2016 briefly opened and the files printed immediately to the default printer (no printer selection).

Was your default printer properly pre-selected?
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DavidInsight and Energy SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Thanks, P.

And John -- yes, the default printer is selected. I think the key pointer here is that .doc files behave as you described when printing one or more files from File Explorer, while with .docx files there is not even a Print option. There must be a setting for that!
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I do not have any special setting for this.  Perhaps try (a) updating Office (update out yesterday) and (b) repairing Office from Control Panel.
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DavidInsight and Energy SpecialistAuthor Commented:
P. ("What happens if you open the print queue and drag your selected .docx files into it? If this works it might be less than ideal as a workaround, but it would still be better than no solution... ") --

If I drag a .docx files into the printer queue, the message says "This file cannot be printed. Please try opening the file with the correct application and printing from there." But if I do open the file in Word, and print it to the same printer, it prints fine.
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DavidInsight and Energy SpecialistAuthor Commented:
John, thanks. I did install the Office update this morning. As for repairing, how do I use Control Panel for that?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
My print queue is normally empty because printing is fast.  Also I don't think Word Documents or Excel files are proper content for the printer queue,.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
For Repair, open Control Panel, select Microsoft Office, Change, and then Repair
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I just tried this on my other computer (roughly same setup) and it worked there as well.
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DavidInsight and Energy SpecialistAuthor Commented:
John, thanks for checking that. Maybe the particular version of MS Word I initially installed had a bug, and the updates have not repaired that. Running the Repair option did not seem to help. Will try some more things and will write here again in a day or two (hopefully).
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DavidInsight and Energy SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Well, I found the answer more quickly than I expected. I went to Settings / Apps / Default Apps, and "Choose default apps by file type". I just had to scroll down to the .docx file type, and click on the assigned program, which was already MS Word. When I clicked, a choice opened up for Adobe, Word, and MS Store, and I just chose Word again. After that, the right click on a .docx file started working immediately, and the context menu had the four items at the top: Open, Edit, New, Print!

Thanks to both of you for the ideas along the way, and telling me that it SHOULD be working so I would keep trying.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
There must have been a change in your system at some point as I did not have to do that on any of my 3 Windows 10 Pro Machines
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DavidInsight and Energy SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Thanks for helping me eliminate what the problems might be, as well as helping clarify what is working for others and not me. All of it helped me find the solution. And thanks for the time invested.
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DavidInsight and Energy SpecialistAuthor Commented:
John, the only other thing I can think of is that I upgraded from Office 2003 Pro, along with having the MS updates for Office Compatibility. Something about that might have interfered with the path for the file type association being updated.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
That could be. I have not had Office 2003 installed on any Windows 10 System. Office 2013 would have been the earliest on Windows 10
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks much and I was pleased to work with you on this issue.
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