Opening dotx files are opening the file itself instead of creating


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Jeanjacket

In the past I tried opening a dotx file with word 2003. In doing so i chose
the file association to be word 2003. when I learned that you cannot open a
word 2007 template file (dotx) with word 2003, I opted to upgrade to word
2007.

Now that I have word 2007 on my computer and the same template files on my
desktop, whenever I double-click them, it only opens the file itself instead
of creating a new one, which obviously defeats the purpose of having the
template :).

Anyone got a fix?

Also of note, is that I know on my other computer with a fresh office 2007
install, the desktop icon for a template is some sort of notebook with a page
being ripped out... the symbol for these ones are just generic word file
symbols. A white page with a small word logo in th middle. If I go to "new"
in word and choose "my templates" and drag my templates into that box it will
open them normal.. but that's a bit of a hassle... I would like to be able to
click them from the desktop like normal.

Thanks in advance for any and all help.
 
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Suzanne S. Barnhill

Reregistering Word will likely solve the problem: see
http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/AppErrors/ReRegisterWord.htm.

If that doesn't do it, open Windows Explorer (My Computer), find a .dotx
file, and right-click. If New is not the default (bolded) action, then
choose Tools | Folder Options | File Types, and locate DOTX. Click on
Advanced, select New, and click Set Default, then OK.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
http://word.mvps.org
 

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