Uninstall notepad from my compter.

September 8, 2013 at 13:47:52
Specs: Windows 7
All of my word documents are being saved in notepad and I don't want that. I do not use notepad. I can not read the documents when I try to open them the words appear in symbols and grammar marks and scrambled words.

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September 8, 2013 at 14:11:05
Try opposite clicking on the icon of the document and selecting open with. Then pick word, if there is an option to pick make default click that.


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September 8, 2013 at 14:11:14
Sounds like your File Association is messed up.

If you save your file as a .DOC file, the it's been saved as a Word Document.
If you subsequently try to open the .DOC file, and it does NOT open with Word,
then I would guess that your File Association as been messed up in some manner.

Click Start Button
Click Default Programs
Click Associate a file type or protocol with a program.
Scroll Down until you find the .DOC file type
Under the Description Heading it should say something like: Microsoft Office Word Document
Under the Current Default Heading it should say Microsoft Office Word

If it does not say Word, in the Current Default column,
then double click the .DOC line and change it so it reads Micorsoft Word.



message edited by mmcconaghy

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September 8, 2013 at 17:06:54
May I amplify response #1.

Right click a doc file, choose "Open With" then choose Microsoft Word if it is showing.
If MS Word is not listed then use Browse to find winword.exe which is the Word Program file. You can find the path to winword.exe by typing winword.exe in Search.

Removing NotePad will not fix this issue because it will be unable to find the correct association if you do.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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