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Article ID: 319468 - Last Review: October 24, 2013 - Revision: 1.0

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When you double-click a Microsoft Works Word Processor document (.wps file) to try and open it, Microsoft Word starts does not open the document. Word opens with a blank document.


This issue may occur if Microsoft Windows does not properly associate .wps files with Word. Works Suite uses Microsoft Word as a word processor.


To resolve this issue, re-associate .wps files with Word. To do this, follow these steps.

Note Because there are several versions of Microsoft Windows, the following steps may be different on your computer. If they are, see your product documentation to complete these steps.
If you use Windows online Help, type associate a file with a program in the Windows Help Search box.
  1. Right-click Start, and then click Explore.

    Windows Explorer starts.
  2. Locate the .wps file that you want to open, and then right-click it.
  3. Point to Open With, and then click Choose Program.

    Note If the Open With command is not available, click Open, click Select the program from a list, and then click OK.
  4. Click Microsoft Word.
  5. Click to select the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file check box, and then click OK.
Word starts and opens the document.
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Applies to
  • Microsoft Works Suite 2005
  • Microsoft Works Suite 2004
  • Microsoft Works Suite 2003
  • Microsoft Works Suite 2002
  • Microsoft Works Suite 2006
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