Page 1 of 1

Windows 10 problem

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:05 am
by saltcitystamper
I tried to open a Open Office file today and drat and daxxx Wind. 10 or Micorsoft has changed all my files to word and want me to activate or purchase it. What do I do? Have I lost my files. Each file is now under the Word logo and opens in a partial word program . I am not one bit happy about this, how can they just take over my files. Is this blackmail or what

Re: Windows 10 problem

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:37 am
by RoryOF
Your files have not been changed; the operating system has been told to use MS Word (etc) to open them. If you wish to double click a file and have it open with OpenOffice, you need to change the File Associations for each file type. Right click on one example of each file type you want OO to open and from the popup select "Open with", and scroll to find soffice.exe. At the bottom of that popup window should be a line to the effect "always open with this application" (or similar words. Click on that. OpenOffice is smart enough to use its correct application for each different type of its files.

There is a quicker way to do this for Win 10, but I am not familiar with it.

Re: Windows 10 problem

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:44 am
by saltcitystamper
Thank you, I had not thought about the open with pop up........ I just cannot abide MS thinking they can do whatever they want to. I had Word on my old computer with Win 7 and loved it but I will not pay what they want for it now. Its robbery pure and simple.

Re: Windows 10 problem

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:36 pm
by John_Ha
Search Windows Help with association - you need to re-set .odt etc to be associated with OpenOffice and not associated with MS Word.

See [Tutorial] Differences between Writer and MS Word files for why you should always work in and save files as .odt.