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    Opening docx
    When I click on a doc attachment in Mail on my iPad it opens and I can read it. But if it's a docx it doesn't open. How can I correct ths?

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    What does it open in? Does that application have support for the Open Office XML format (might be labelled as Office 2007/2010 support)?
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    I don't know - I'm not told. That's the main problem with the iPad - not knowing what it's doing. I have no idea how to set or change the default application.

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    Does no-one have any idea how to set or vary the application an iPad uses to open a downloaded file?

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    I'm not sure about which default application on the iPad will open a DOC file. I'm thinking it may be something like TextEdit. DOCX files open on my iPad 3 but that's because I have Office HD installed. If you had Pages for the iPad installed it would open the DOCX file OK. (Pages is less expensive than Office HD.)

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    So how does it work? Any application compatible with the file is opened? What if I have both Office HD and Pages installed - which application will be used?

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    Good question. I don't have Pages on my iPad so I can't test to see which would open a DOCX file, but it would likely be the last of the two that was installed.

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    If you have two apps which could open the document then you will be offered a choice of the 'default' (probably Pages in this case) or the option to pick from all available apps which could do the job.

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