Happy Anniversary to our Quick Win posts! The first QW offering appeared on May 20 last year, and we haven’t looked back! I love these. They are short, sweet, and get some useful ‘office tech’ or other tips in your hands.
The QWs usually come from costly lessons learned in our computing lives.
Feel free to send ideas my way.
This is the Quick Win I promised my subscribers when an April Windows 10 update morphed all my MSWord® files to Notepad documents on my PC!
At that time, I sent this quick-n-dirty list of steps to fix the problem and promised a more thorough offering.
The ‘more thorough’ part comes in the form of a PDF.
More about that in a moment.
[QW11] Fixing corrupted Windows filenames
I’d forgotten about this process until my PC specialist used it to fix my documents.
( He received a well-deserved $50 for my forgetfulness, but I’ll help you save that money. 😎 )
The procedure should work for all MSOffice file types, and there may be a similar fix for Macs.
Proceed at your own risk, as they say, but this worked for me.
These steps may look a little different and work differently in versions other than Windows 10.
- Right-click any corrupted file of the type you’re fixing.
- Hover over the ‘Open with’ option on the menu that appears.
- Click ‘Choose another app’ from the ‘Open with’ submenu.
- Ensure the box for ‘Always use this app …’ is checked.
- Make sure the program’s icon – the one you’re converting to – is highlighted.
If it is not, click to highlight it.
- Click the “OK” button.
To see the pretty copy of the instructions
Click here to read and save the PDF file containing detailed instructions and screenshots.
You won’t leave my site to view this document.
I hope you found this Quick Win helpful and will share your ideas on this topic.
Use one of these points for a comment, or bring your own:
- Did you have this issue with the April Windows10 update?
- How do you usually solve computer problems? (Ask for advice? Go online?)
- If you use a Mac, do you run across these issues?
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