OpenOffice.org: Change Association of Microsoft Office Documents

Posted March 7, 2007 by Rob Rogers in Windows

At some point after installing OpenOffice.org, you may need to change the association of documents created by one (or all) of the Microsoft Office applications. This may be to open them in OpenOffice.org or in Microsoft Office, or some combination of the two.


For Windows Vista:

1. Close OpenOffice.org.

2. In the Notification Area, next to the clock, right-click on the OpenOffice.org Quickstarter icon and select Exit Quickstarter.

3. Click the Start Button and select Control Panel.

4. Select Programs.

5. Under Programs and Features select Uninstall a program.

6. Scroll down and find OpenOffice.org. Select it and click the Change button from the menu. This will bring up the OpenOffice.org Installation Wizard.

7. Click Next.

8. Select Modify.

9. Click Next.

10. Select or deselect the Microsoft Office documents that you wish to change the default association.

11. Click Next.

12. Click Install.

13. When the Installation Wizard completes, click Finish.

14. Close the Programs and Features window.

For Windows 2000 and Windows XP:

1. Close OpenOffice.org.

2. In the Notification Area, next to the clock, right-click on the OpenOffice.org Quickstarter icon and select Exit Quickstarter.

3. Click the Start Button and select Control Panel.

4. Select Add or Remove Programs.

5. Select OpenOffice.org and click the Change button. This will bring up the OpenOffice.org Installation Wizard.

6. Click Next.

7. Select Modify.

8. Click Next.

9. Select or deselect the Microsoft Office documents that you wish to change the default association.

10. Click Next.

11. Click Install.

12. When the Installation Wizard completes, click Finish.

13. Close the Add or Remove Programs and Control Panel windows.

 

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