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#1 4mol


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Posted 15 May 2006 - 03:12 PM

I received a wordpad document (.doc) but when I try to open it, I get a message "cannot load word for Windows 6.0 files" How Can I open this document. Thanks so much for your help.

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#2 Albert Frankenstein

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Posted 15 May 2006 - 03:23 PM

I don't think it is a wordpad document but rather a Word document?

At any rate Open Office is a free program that does a lot of the things that Microsoft Office does. Did I mention it is FREE? It is available for download HERE.

A good free on-line Open Office tutorial can be found HERE.

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Posted 15 May 2006 - 04:13 PM

A simpler point solution would be to use Microsoft's Word document viewer available here if you simply want to read the file.

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Posted 15 May 2006 - 04:29 PM

If you are using XP with SP2, see the following two articles:

While the second article applies to problems open specific texts, the illustrated steps for the second solution might be easier to follow:


Note well: both of these solutions require a registry edit. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS make a copy of the registry before making any changes, since a mistake in editing the registry can seriously effect your operating system!

There are several small applications that can take the place of MS Wordpad, and would presumably not have this problem. One of the most recommended is Jarte (with the bonus that you would have a spell-checker in the bargain):
AF's recommendation of OpenOffice.org is a very good one, especially if you are need an office suite.

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#5 4mol

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Posted 15 May 2006 - 07:06 PM

Thank you all so much, I took the easy way out for now, but I will consider Open Office and read about the registry changes. I appreciate your giving your time for the purpose of educating the rest of us. Thanks again. 4mol

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