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[Fix] Word isn’t your default program for viewing and editing documents

Whenever you start Microsoft Office Word, you may see the message asking Microsoft Word isn’t your default program for viewing and editing documents. Do you want to select the file types that Word should open?

This message may appear even if Word is currently the default program for viewing and editing .doc, .docm,.docx, .dot, .dotm,.dotx, .odt, .wbk, .wiz file types and the ms-word: URL protocol.

It’s a simple issue, and repairing Office Word installation is not necessary to fix the problem.

Cause

Even though Word sets itself as the default for most types during installation, the .rtf (Rich Text Document) files remain associated with WordPad (instead of Microsoft Word).

On some systems, some file types may have been associated with Open Office or WPS Office by the user. Even if 1 out of 11 file types is not registered with Microsoft Word, Word considers it’s not the default editor.

[Fix] “Word isn’t your default program for viewing…”

To prevent the “Microsoft Word isn’t your default program…” dialog from appearing, all you need to do is dismiss the dialog by enabling Don’t show this message again and then clicking No.

If you had dismissed the dialog already, you could configure it by opening the Microsoft Word Options dialog.

Uncheck Tell me if Microsoft Word isn’t the default program for viewing and editing documents.

Alternately, associating .rtf files with Microsoft Word will eliminate the above message box when starting Word.

If none of the above steps help, repair your Office installation.

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