[ad]Dear Computer Lady,
I installed my copy of Microsoft office 2003 on my new HP computer that came with Microsoft office starter 2010.
I was using office 2003 but decided to try the office starter 2010. I do not like it and just want to use the office 2003 but now my excel & word files open in the starter 2010 version.
How do I set office 2003 as the default program?
I have run into problems installing an older version of Office when a newer version is already installed, and the only way I have found to solve is is to completely remove Office 2010 before installing the older version.
Since you have already installed Office 2003, I have one thing you can try before you start un-installing programs.
1. Click on the “Start Orb” and click “Default Programs” in the start menu.
2. In the Default Programs window, click on “Set your default programs”.
3. If Word 2003 appears in the programs list, click on it, then click “Set this program as default” on the right.
4. Repeat with Excel 2003.
If Word and Excel 2003 don’t appear in the list, go back to the “Default Programs” window, and click on “Associate a file type or protocol with a program”.
This dialog box will allow you to click on word files ( .doc) and then click the “Change program…” button to associate Word 2003 instead of 2010.
If these steps don’t work, your best option is to go to the control panel and completely uninstall all versions of Office. Reboot (click on “Start” point to the arrow to the right of “Shut Down” and click on “Restart”) the computer. Then, only after you have rebooted the computer, you can install Office 2003.
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