If you know the name of the file: Navigate to C:\Computer\Local Disk\Users\Owner (or something similar). search for the file (upper right). Then right click the file name. In the drop down click on "open file location". Open the file. Do this for each file you want opened. You'll end up with multiple files open.
I don't know if that helps, but it is an option. Also, if you wish, I can write a simple VBA or NET program to do all the steps and to convert the file to DOCX. PM me if you want me to write something. Just describe the steps that you do and send a couple of files for testing. I hate to see someone suffer for such a simple task.
zepherusbane: Do you use VISIO for electronic diagrams or something else. I'm old school and still flowchart programs and routines and have used VISIO for many many flowcharts and technical documents. I wonder if one can layout stamp pages with it
Hi Jerry, are use Visio for enterprise architecture diagrams at work. Data flow diagrams, business process mapping, etc. Computer related stuff. I don’t really like it, I prefer libreoffice.
khj, you can easily change which file extension are associated with what programs so that clicking on the file opens with what program you want.
Worldwide collector of stamps and covers! I gave up on limiting to only certain countries.
Wow, all your suggestions made me decide to go back to square one and retry all the steps I tried more than 10 years ago when I upgraded to 2007 (I actually also redid all these steps about 5 years ago as well).
Guess what! The very first method I tried now works -- even on my oldest Mac files!!! What was the method? The most basic 1-step method -- add .doc or .xls to the oldest documents! Not sure what changed, so that now it works. But I'm not going to complain. Of course, it won't convert the non-standard Apple international language fonts from 25 years ago, but that is a very minor issue as I basically never access those documents.
I can now simply append the file extension on demand (the old-fashioned DOS way), double-click the document, and it will open to the correct app in Office 2007. If it is an European language document, it opens up exactly as it was created.
Thank you all for your suggestions and willingness to go the extra mile to even write code to help me solve this problem. It inspired me to go back and try the simplest things first again, before going to all that trouble.
In case anyone was wondering why I didn't do this 10+/5 years ago. I did. Lest you think I am really dumber than my wife thinks I am, if you want to read more of the step-by-step history of my attempts/results... (and remember, I could always open the PC documents by navigating, but the problem I had was trying to open the pre-1997 documents by direct double-clicking)
-- tried to add extensions such as .doc, .xls, .ppt, .rtf..., double-click (Windows searches for Office app, says not Office document) -- changed registry so Office documents will default to Office 2007 (Office 2003 open OK, but nothing from software prior) -- open them using "Open File" from within Office, and navigating to the archived folder (this works, but really difficult to find this way, because all the older documents appear as generic and I have to choose show "all types" because I don't remember the filenames nor exact locations; still won't open Mac files)
Service Pack upgrade -- Office 1997 files created on PC will now open by double-clicking without navigating (yeah!!!) -- retried above steps (can now open some Mac files by navigating, but not by double-clicking)
Windows 10 upgrade -- all my Office files start looking for Office 365 upon double-clicking; boo! hiss! (hack into registry to change this back to Office 2007) -- pre-1997 files won't open by double-clicking, asks me to choose app, but when I choose the app it will only jump to Office 2013 (removing hidden pre-load of Office 2013 didn't solve the problem, on Office documents showed up on choice, even when I asked to show all apps)
New Win 10 machine -- double-click on my modern Office files opens up Office 2016 and tries to get me to activate it -- installed Office 1997, hacked into registry (still no improvement regarding pre-1997 files, asks for 2016) -- deleted Office 2016 (no improvement)
Window 10 major update -- the update reinstalled Office 2016/365 option, as well as as Edge/OneNote (@#$#%!, took hour+!!!) -- redo all preceding steps (still no improvement for pre-1997 files, still cannot double-click any Mac files)
disc cleaning software -- used one to completely get rid of any vestiges of 2013/2016/365/Edge/OneNote... (Windows update quit trying to reinstall all these, I guess the updater though the programs were damaged and was doing me a favor?)
Numerous Stamp Bear suggestions -- went back and again tried the simplest add extension method (SHOCK SHOCK SHOCK, it works!!!)
So one again, THANK YOU ALL for your suggestions!!! Every 3 weeks or so when I double click on an old document, I will be reminded of your kindness!
It never occurred to me that perhaps the problem was solved in the past 5 years. If you all hadn't offered to go the extra mile, I would never have gone back and tried the easiest solution first. Glad I did, because I would have been really embarrassed if someone wrote a bunch of code to solve a problem that no longer existed!
Post by I.M. DeBear on May 23, 2020 15:48:44 GMT -5
Wow, I'm in awe. You guys are true Tech mages. When Jesus was a boy I flew a flock of KH11s with a Cray (in Fortran!), but I've travelled such a low-tech path since then that I can barely just not quite keep up with you guys here. Super!
In undergrad I used Fortran 1 on a IBM 1620. To use the compiler you first loaded the Fortran compiler punch cards and then your program cards. I also used VAX and UNIVAC 1100 as a consultant at Bell labs.
But, DeBear, do you realize the IBM 360 had a whopping 32K and we programmed everything. The disk drive in your PC has more storage than a floor full of 2311 disk drives. Those of us from that era knew how to program and keep the code at a minimum. I still use flow charting for the code I write if very complicated.
Post by I.M. DeBear on May 24, 2020 7:47:05 GMT -5
I recall I was a bit fixated on 8-digit date fields (with the Millenium in mind), but I was beaten back at every turn. The opposition posited that that cliff was a quarter-century away, and all of our coding would be history by then anyway...
In reference to KHJ's statement about using disk cleaning software. Be careful! A friend had his hard drive wiped clean by a disk cleaner (it cleaned his disk beautifully). Today's software designers seem not to test as well as they used to. Personally, I only use software from Australia, Great Britain or Germany. I never had problems with their software as they seem to be well tested.
Caution Note: Before using any downloaded software, or any file, virus scan it first. You may be surprised at the results. In the past I have found viruses embedded in downloaded software or a file.
I quit deleting MS Edge and all the other MS Bloatware and MS Spyware. Now my forced updates only take 1-2 to download/install. I found out (in my case), the annual forced update would reinstall all that stuff and take 7-8 hours. Now I live with the fact that MS will keep trying to get me to use Edge, knows every site I've been at, anytime I email someone, and every time I sneeze -- I take solace in the fact that you will also know every time I scratch my butt...
I have another system that has an unfix-able fan issue (need to have it sit on a fan pad & not stress it too much) so I installed a "copy" of Win 10 pro on it During install it asked a lot of questions about choosing updates and Win programs to install I should look at it & see if it will block this update Not sure the Pro can stop all updates but it may be a solution
The last update has indeed reset all my preferences
Last Edit: Jun 11, 2020 12:45:28 GMT -5 by sforgca
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