Word document doesn't open directly in Windows 10


  1. Posts : 22
    Windows 10
       #1

    Word document doesn't open directly in Windows 10


    Hello:

    Recently, after Windows 10's latest upgrade, I haven't been able to open word documents directly. What I get when I click onto a file is a blank word screen. I now have to go through word itself, find the file and open it up. How can I get Windows 10 to open files anywhere as it had before? Is there a way to get Windows 10 to open my document files directly again? If this is, in fact, an update problem, how can I delete the update. I've tried everything I can think of. Help!

    ---- Wordcrafter
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 32,617
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H1)
       #2

    Hi, sorry, I don't know which the latest Win 10's upgrade is for you- people are on different major builds and receive updates and upgrades at different dates and times. So what is your current Windows build (Windows key + R, winver) and what was the latest update (Update History)? Thanks!

    Which version of - presumably MS Office- do you have?

    Which file types do you have a problem with? (E.g. txt, rtf, doc, docx.....).

    Have you tried re-associating those file types with Word? (Change the association, change it back).
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    And have you tried repairing Office?

    If this is, in fact, an update problem, how can I delete the update.
    Updates can (usually) be uninstalled
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    but feature updates (builds) normally only permit 'Go back to the previous build' within 10 days after upgrading.

    System Restore may help (if it works- we deem it unreliable) with updates, but is totally irrelevant for upgrades.

    The News section here includes a thread per update per major build, with notes and comments by users. If you know the update you think may have caused that, you can look at that thread, or research generally with your update number, Office build etc.
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  3. Posts : 22
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    I have 2016. Your reply answers nothing. Have you ever seen this problem? All I get is a blank word screen. I have to go into the document folder and find it, which wastes a lot of time. ---- Thanks anyhow!
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 32,617
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H1)
       #4

    Your reply answers nothing
    Thank you for your reply.

    Have you actually tried the suggestions I made? Or are you simply looking for an instant and exact free answer?

    If you want to explore what's happened to your file associations you might try
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    As I can't provide you the instant answer you seek, I'll leave you with this. Good luck.
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  5. AndreTen's Avatar
    Posts : 24,754
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       #5

    Another possibility is Protected folder access. This should give you notification about accessing protected folders, but can be missed.

    Can you save the files, once created, in Documents folder?
    Check this setting under Windows defender and security / Ransomware protection
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