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Guys, I'm getting OC. Ever since I switched from OpenOffice to MSOffice, only the newer file tyes (.xlsx .docx .pptx) are shown as Microsoft Office Excel Worksheet / Word Document file type. The older files just shows as XLS, DOC, PPT File under type. The older ones also don't have the right icons. This didn't happen on my desktop's fresh install of MSOffice though.

Is there anyway to fix this icon/file type association thing? Just bugs me that they're not uniform. Thanks!
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Sounds like those file types are still associated with OpenOffice which I am guessing you uninstalled. So now they are associated with nothing.

You can goto Control Panel -> Default Programs -> Associate a file type or protocol with a program. Then configure each one to be opened by the proper MSOffice program. I believe the icons will fix themselves automatically after you do this.
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already did that. Still shows as PPT file rather than as "Microsoft Office 1997-2003 Word File" or something like that just like in my desktop. Also the icon is similar to those files that have been manually associated to open with certain programs. Attached the image of the "wrong" icon.

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Hmm not sure then. Maybe try a clean uninstall and reinstall of MS Office?
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tried that to no avail. it sucks. :/
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    I don't know why the installer didn't fix it for you when you reinstalled Office; but try this: Open Registry Editor (press [Win]+[R], type "regedit" and press [Enter]) and navigate to "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.ppt" on both computers.  Then, make the messed up computer's "(default)" value match your desktop computer's entry.  My computer here has "PowerPoint.Show.8" for the default value in ".ppt".  Then reboot and see if ".ppt" files are showing correctly.  You are welcome to try this with a different file extension (like ".doc") if you don't have a PPT file handy.
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only worked with the excel file. It returned to normal. Maybe I'll try different numbers for doc and ppt file?
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    That would be a shot in the dark.  If you have the same version of Office installed on both computers, the number (PowerPoint.Show.8) should be the same.  Perhaps there is a per-user override on your account for those file types.  If you used the "Open with..." dialog on those files at some point, this is most likely.  First, correct the ".doc" and ".ppt" default values as I mentioned earlier, and then go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts.  Scroll down to ".doc" and delete the key (folder) if there is one.  That will make your user account revert to the system file association (as defined in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT) for DOC files.

    On rebooting: The file association changes take effect immediately (so the file should open with Office); but you'll have to reboot before the file icon will change.
    If that fixes your DOC file association, you would do the same for the PPT extension. thumb.gif
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awesome! thanks! It worked!
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