Can't find MS Word in the program files and can't find it in

March 27, 2013 at 12:25:16
Specs: Windows 7
I can't find Word in the program files and I was advised to look in the C drive under program files, MS office, office 12, etc but there is no Word.exe file in there. I can open Word docs that are saved in my pc and can even create new ones from the saved ones. I have MS Office 2007
Please advise.

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March 27, 2013 at 12:37:36
I looks like you have Windows 7. If that's true, click to open your start menu and type "Word" in the search box at the bottom of the start menu. (If you click and start and just start typing, it will do the same thing.)

Once it comes up, you can right-hand click on the icon and pin to taskbar or pin to start menu. You can also go to the "sent to" option and select "desktop". It will create a shortcut for you.

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March 27, 2013 at 12:41:07
Yes I do have Windows 7. I did try typing Word in the search box but I had no luck. It's weird that I can not find it because I can still open word doc's and even create a new one from the saved docs.

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March 27, 2013 at 12:51:54
The program itself is called WINWORD.EXE. When you were looking, did you see any of the other Office programs? (POWERPNT.EXE, EXCEL.EXE, etc.)

Try opening the start menu again and typing "run" then copy the following text into the run box and click run:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\winword.exe

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March 28, 2013 at 12:02:37
I tried what you suggested: went to the search box type "run" and entered the path: C:\ProgramFiles\MicrosoftOffice\Office12\winword.exe and an error message
popped up : "C:\ProgramFiles\MicrosoftOffice\Office12\ refers to a location that is unavailable. It could be on a hard drive on this computer or on a network. If it still can not be located, the information might have been moved to a different location".

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March 28, 2013 at 13:20:13
Do you have a second partition or a seperate hard drive that you install programs on other than the C: drive? I believe it is possible to install Office on a drive other than C. If this is the case, look on the drive you installed office to.

Also, depending on what version of office you have, the "Office12" part of the string could have a different number. You mentioned Office12 above which led me to believe that location exists on your C: drive.

The location you say you looked in before, could you look there again and confirm that the following files are there?: POWERPNT.EXE, EXCEL.EXE and WINWORD.EXE.

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March 28, 2013 at 13:38:26
If your on a 64 bit machine the path is:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12\WINWORD.EXE

Note: the directory is Program Files (x86)


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March 28, 2013 at 19:47:05
Good call mmcconaghy! I completely forgot about that and im running a 64 bit os... its been a long day...

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March 29, 2013 at 06:23:20

Also noticed that the path that lucho1011 used:


Won't work, there are no space characters between the words.

This is the path that you suggested:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\winword.exe

so he was close, but no cigar.


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March 31, 2013 at 15:17:24
Office 12 may not be the folder you're looking for. Click on Computer, and then go to C:\ and look at the two Program Files Folders. There should be a Microsoft Office folder in one of them. Then look to see what Office folder is there. Depending on the version, it could be 10, 11, 12, etc.

Look for the winword.exe file in the Office folder, then just right-click and drag it to your desktop and create a shortcut.

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