When you attempt to open a Microsoft Office Binder file, you may
receive an error message that is similar to the following:
file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action.
Create an association in the Folder Options control panel.
does not open.
This behavior can occur because Microsoft Binder is not
included as part of Microsoft Office XP.
To resolve this issue, Office XP includes a program named
Microsoft Unbind. To install Unbind, follow the steps in the "More Information"
section of this article. You can use Unbind to extract sections from the binder
file that you want to use with an Office XP program.
To unbind a
binder file, follow these steps:
- Do one of the following:
- Double-click the binder file.
- Right-click the binder file. On the shortcut menu,
- In the Unbind dialog box, select the folder that you want to save the unbound
- Click OK.
Microsoft Unbind is not installed as part of a typical
Office XP installation.
To install Microsoft Unbind, follow these
- Insert the Office XP installation CD-ROM.
- Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
- Double-click Add/Remove Programs.
- In the Add/Remove Program Properties dialog box, select your Office XP installation, and then click Add/Remove.
- In the Maintenance Mode Options dialog box, click Add or Remove Features, and
then click Next.
- In the Features to install box, click the
plus sign next to Office Tools.
- Click the arrow next to Microsoft Office Binder
NOTE: If the icon next to Microsoft Office Binder Support is gray, Unbind is not installed. If the icon is white, Unbind is
already installed, and you can click Cancel to quit the installation program.
- Click Run from My Computer, and then click
- Follow the instructions of the installation wizard to
finish installing Microsoft Unbind.
To use Microsoft Unbind, follow these steps:
- Using Windows Explorer, browse to find the binder file that
you want to open.
- Double-click the file.
- In the Unbind dialog box, select a location to save the contents of the Binder
file to, and then click OK.
The Binder contents will be saved to the location in
their native format.
If you attempt to run Unbind by double-clicking Unbind.exe,
For more information about using Microsoft Unbind, click
on the Help
menu, type Open an Office Binder file
in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search
to view the topic.