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    need docx to open in word and not vmware

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    need docx to open in word and not vmware
    Hi all! Im new here and this is my first post.

    A quick rundown of my issue- i used to have vmware installed and i uninstalled it and now my .docx files are trying to open from word in vmware which wont work. how can i have it open with word from within OS X? btw excel doesnt have this problem. thanks for any help!!

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    need docx to open in word and not vmware
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    What happen is you choose the file, then Get Info and default it to use Word?

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    This can be done by right clicking (ctr. click) on a .docx file, selecting 'open with other program', selecting 'other' from the list, then selecting 'Microsoft Word.app' from you mac application file, and finially marking the check box that says 'open with this program every time.'

    That said, this can also be done from system preferences > other > default applications >. Select the 'extensions' tab. Select '.docx' from the list. Then select Microsoft Word.app from the jump menu. Do the same for '.doc' files. This second solution is a good one to know for similar application association problems in the future.
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    this can also be done from system preferences > other > default applications >. Select the 'extensions' tab.
    Not following here - looked in my System Preferences and there is no Other. Do u mean sys prefs or an Apps Preferences?

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    In my system preferences, there are five columns of settings: personal, hardware, internet and wireless, system, and other.

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    need docx to open in word and not vmware

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverteeth View Post
    This can be done by right clicking (ctr. click) on a .docx file, selecting 'open with other program', selecting 'other' from the list, then selecting 'Microsoft Word.app' from you mac application file, and finially marking the check box that says 'open with this program every time.'

    That said, this can also be done from system preferences > other > default applications >. Select the 'extensions' tab. Select '.docx' from the list. Then select Microsoft Word.app from the jump menu. Do the same for '.doc' files. This second solution is a good one to know for similar application association problems in the future.
    You guys were all great!! Thank you so much for all the help!
    even though there was no default applications under system preferences but being in IT i digged around and figured out how to do it from the applications page. thanks again!

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    need docx to open in word and not vmware
    riverteeth's Avatar
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    My bad, I've installed so many thrid party preference pane add-ins, I forgot this 'default applications' pane was one of them! It's actually Rubicode's RCDefaultApp. It's freeware, and it got five starts from a Macworld review.

    Also, there's a description of just the probroblem you were having, heythug015, here, along with another plug for RCDefaultApp. (though it is a bit old, 2007, don't know if there's an even better solution out there now)
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