Frequently Asked Questions - File associations

FAQs - File associations
Here you will find questions and answers to common Microsoft Office topics.
Suddenly my home PC does not recognize Word docs copied to a Flash drive from my Laptop. I can still open them by going to OPEN and then Open with Office Word but previously could click on the file icon and go directly to MS Word and the file opened. Any ideas what happened?

It sounds as though the .doc file extension used by Word has become associated with Firefox somehow. Windows uses file extensions to determine what program to open certain types of files with. These can be easily changed manually or perhaps by some type of virus or spyware. If your computer is set to hide extensions for known file types then you wont see the .doc on the end of your Word documents. You can change this setting from the View tab under Folder Options.

You should check the file association for Word documents to make sure that its associated with Word and not Firefox.

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