Shortcuts & Defaults for online Word, Excel apps - How to do that??

How To:  
  1. Create a Desktop or Taskbar icon for the online version of Microsoft Word 365
  2. Make .doc & .docx file types open Word 365 online

Summary
I have lost Word 2010 Starter (free, ad-based version offered on limited PCs & laptops) when I had to rebuild a PC.  One free option is to use the online version of Word in Office 365.  I am using it now, but all my Word files no longer have a default app.

Being able to open a program via icon or double-click on a file is a time-saver.  I'm not sure how to set this up, though, for the online version of Word or Excel.  Or Outlook, for that matter.

Help!
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ITguy565Commented:
I am afraid that this is not possible with the online versions of Microsoft word. You can't associate them as a default application.
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If you're looking for a free Microsoft Office alternative that is not cloud based I would recommend Apache OpenOffice.
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RobertAuthor Commented:
I've used OpenOffice & LibreOffice, but in this case want to use Word online.  Thanks for the tip.

To all, if there is no way to make a default or desktop shortcut, that's fine, just need to know.
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RobertAuthor Commented:
Thank you for verifying that desktop files and shortcuts cannot be directly tied to web apps, including Microsofts apps within Office 365, such as Word, Excel, and Outlook.
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ITguy565Commented:
@Robert

Sorry didn't see your last comment..

To all, if there is no way to make a default or desktop shortcut, that's fine, just need to know.

While there may be no official way to make Word Online your default application for word documents.. That doesn't mean you can't create a shortcut to the web version of the application :

Please reference the following article :
https://pureinfotech.com/how-to-make-office-online-apps-feel-more-like-full-desktop-apps/

You can create a shortcut and use the following URL : https://office.live.com/start/word.aspx
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ITguy565Commented:
One more clarification :

Thank you for verifying that desktop files and shortcuts cannot be directly tied to web apps, including Microsofts apps within Office 365, such as Word, Excel, and Outlook.


The online free version of word is "Different" than Office 365.  Office 365 "Microsoft Word" can be used just like it's desktop counterpart and "CAN" be set as your default application. This is because it is "Installed" on your workstation as a program and has the registry entries to back it up. The online version of word is just a web application tied to a website. This application does not install and thus can not be directly associated as a default application.
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