Dear Computer Lady,
I cannot open attachments in word form. When I open the attachment all I get is a bunch of odd printing.
Can you tell me how to correct this?
Thank you, John in California
I guess my first question would be, “Do you have Word installed on your computer?”
If you do have Word installed on your computer, what version of Word do you have?
If you don’t have Word installed on your computer, you need to either have Word, or another program that can open and read Word (.doc) files installed. You can either head over to your local computer and/or office store (Staples is a great place to start) and purchase Word, or you can download and install Open Office which is a free office program that has the ability to open Word files.
If all you want to do is read the files, you can download the free Word Viewer from the Microsoft Website at:
If you do have Word installed on your computer, we would need to figure out why it is not opening other Word files correctly. Since you have said that the attachments are in Word form, I am assuming that they end with the .doc file ending.
If the attachments you are trying to open end with the newer .docx file ending, it was created in Word 2007 or Word 2010. If your version of Word is older than 2007, you would not be able to open the newer file type. You can either ask the person sending you the attachments to save them in the original .doc format, or download the Word Viewer to be able to view those files.