Solved symbols instead of plain text on wordpad

January 13, 2014 at 11:43:07
Specs: Windows 7
I wanted to open up documents and never had a problem reading it; now its all symbols on word pad. I don't know how to convert it so that I can read it

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January 15, 2014 at 09:34:04
You either lost your PDF reader, or somewhere down the line, Windows somehow got its wires crossed, lost its association with it and now sends it to Wordpad instead.

Wordpad can't open a pdf and never could.
You need pdf software to be installed.
Commonly, Adobe Reader is used for this purpose.
http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/re...

Personally I prefer Sumatra PDF; No adware or sponsored crap - much smaller faster and lighter - (plus you can read e-books on it as well as pdf docs).
https://kjkpub.s3.amazonaws.com/sum...

For now: Assuming you have Adobe Reader installed.
Right click your file;
Select, 'Open with'. Is Adobe Rdr in the list?
If so click on it and your document will open properly.
You may have to go through the 'make my default' process to make the association automatico nce more..

If for some reason you no longer seem to have a PDF reader, either go to Adobe's site to download the latest version:
http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/re...
or try SumatraPDF, above.



#1
January 13, 2014 at 15:15:46
How/where did the document originate?

Have you checked the font setting (defaults ) in wordpad?

http://www.wikihow.com/Change-the-D...


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#2
January 13, 2014 at 15:50:23
Hi trvlr:

It was emailed to me from my home office and its an application I regularly utilize for apartments as I am a property manager. I've always been able to see it and print it whenever I needed to but today, I needed a copy and it opened up on wordpad which its never done before and its all symbols. And no, I haven't check the font setting because I've never had to deal with wordpad before.


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#3
January 13, 2014 at 16:32:02
Right click on it > Properties & tell us what type of file it is.

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#4
January 13, 2014 at 16:38:45
Did it come via MIME or BINHEX email format/encoding?

It does sound a little as though that is what it is… These are encoding formats used at one time with Apple mail (I think) and one or two email utilities (Eudora etc.) in the past… Based on Unix I think…; and still used there. They are still there in some current email utilities too that allow MIME/BINHES etc encoding...

If it was sent via Outlook/Outlook Express - possibly a setting there has been change in message encoding at the sender's end? So get the sender(s) to check they aren't using anything other than default setting for encoding (or possibly western ISO - which I think "is" the default?). The problem may be at source and not your end?

I seem to recall there is utility uuencode/decode that can handle/resolve it if is a MIME/BINHEX or similarly encoded message/attachment. But it's been an age since I had this issue to attend…

http://kb.winzip.com/kb/?View=entry...

allegedly can deal with them too...

And this utility - if it works:

http://www.dynawell.ch/en/support-e...

- may help decode/read the message too (if it MIME or BINHEX format/encoding). I haven't used it so can't say anything about it nor the source (which does appear sound and OK…?)

Possibly a utilty here may also allow it; part of the win2000 resource kit apps.

http://www.petri.co.il/download_fre...

Look for/click on: ntuucode - and it will either take you to;

http://www.dynawell.com/download/re...

or download the utility itself.

Petri is an OK source (seem to recall using the site a lot in my W2K days…) for info and so on…

And:

http://searchnetworking.techtarget....

discusses various encodings… and if you scroll down to the bottom provides links to coders/decoders - including uuencode and binhex etc…


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#5
January 13, 2014 at 18:43:11
Thank you John and trvlr. I will work on that tomorrow John and see what kind of file it is and Trvlr - it sounds a bit overwhelming but I will take my time with it and see if I can figure it out. Thank you guys - will give you more info tomorrow.

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#6
January 14, 2014 at 03:14:46
Mmm can appreciate my info is a little involved... Mime etc mail encoding is not often an issue these days as most email utilities don't generally use it (as best I can tell).

Johnw's request for properties info will at least (one hopes) give a clearer view about the file formatting.. And with that info the resolution may be a relatively simpler one overall? It may not be a mime etc. problem...


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#7
January 14, 2014 at 14:28:54
Is the file extension .doc or something else?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#8
January 15, 2014 at 08:14:30
Ok I am back. Bogged down with work; anyway, you inquired as to what kind of a file it is and it is a PDF file. But what I don't understand is, other documents have been sent to me that way and I was always able to open them. I just checked one of them which I was able to open previously when I received it and again, its all symbols. This is not good. In answer to your question Derek, it's .pdf

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#9
January 15, 2014 at 09:34:04
✔ Best Answer
You either lost your PDF reader, or somewhere down the line, Windows somehow got its wires crossed, lost its association with it and now sends it to Wordpad instead.

Wordpad can't open a pdf and never could.
You need pdf software to be installed.
Commonly, Adobe Reader is used for this purpose.
http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/re...

Personally I prefer Sumatra PDF; No adware or sponsored crap - much smaller faster and lighter - (plus you can read e-books on it as well as pdf docs).
https://kjkpub.s3.amazonaws.com/sum...

For now: Assuming you have Adobe Reader installed.
Right click your file;
Select, 'Open with'. Is Adobe Rdr in the list?
If so click on it and your document will open properly.
You may have to go through the 'make my default' process to make the association automatico nce more..

If for some reason you no longer seem to have a PDF reader, either go to Adobe's site to download the latest version:
http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/re...
or try SumatraPDF, above.


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#10
January 15, 2014 at 10:16:09
Also check to see if other pdf files you have already saved open properly. Most likely they will not, if so the "for now" in #9 above should fix all of them, not just the one you are working on.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#11
January 15, 2014 at 11:07:25
Thanks Derek and no, the other PDF files do not open as they did before but I will try #9 and see if I can get anywhere with it. Peet, thank you also for your suggestion. You have all been so helpful. I will definitely try these tips and see if I can get anywhere with them.

Ill be back to let you know whether it worked or not. Thanks again!

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#12
January 15, 2014 at 15:05:51
More info in my screenshot ( SS )
http://i.imgur.com/BclBl5D.png

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#13
January 22, 2014 at 11:10:36
Yes! Thank you all for your help. A new antivirus program was installed on my computer and it just has been a nightmare. When it was installed, my adobe reader program had disappeared and after extensive search (with ALL YOUR HELP, thank you), I was installing and uninstalling and finally went to Default Programs and from there was able to make the change from Wordpad to Adobe reader. I am one happy camper now. Other files such as Quickbooks also disappeared but I have a cd for it which I can easily install. I should have stayed with Norton but decided to use this other antivirus program which came with a touchscreen laptop I received for Christmas. Big mistake, but its all good now and I can read all my documents. Again, ty, you were my angels, lol...and ty for your patience as I know my way around the computer but definitely, am not a wiz at it. Have a great day!!

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#14
January 22, 2014 at 11:43:05
Glad to hear you sorted it and thanks for popping back to let us know.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#15
January 23, 2014 at 06:02:40
You're very welcome, Derek. I'm just happy I found this site to help me resolve my issue. Thanks again.

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