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Associate .doc files with Open Office Write

Posted in Misc Tips, XP with tags on April 15, 2008 by Atul

I have Open Office installed in my PC but Windows insists on using Wordpad to open MS Word document files. To configure .doc files to open with OOO writer each time, i utilize the “assoc” command from the command prompt.

Now,  .odt is a native Open Office format. To check its association therefore, I type assoc .odt on command prompt.

C:/assoc .odt

Assoc then tell me what program is set to open a .odt file. The result reads something like:

assoc .odt=opendocument.WriterDocument.1

Note that the words subsequent to “=” symbol signify the default program. Now, I want to configure Windows so that .doc files are also opened in Open Office Writer by default. Again in command prompt I type:

C:/assoc .doc=opendocument.WriterDocument.1
Command Prompt assoc