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Drag to shortcut to open?

kcnychief

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#1
If I have, say a .jpg, and I drag it over my MS Paint Shortcut, it opens in Paint. If I drag a .DOC over my MS Word Shortcut, it won't open. If I drag that same document over the WinWord.exe within the c:\program files\microsoft office\office 11\, it works.

Is there a way I can change that?

I know I could double-click, or right-click and open with, but I was just wondering....

EDIT: Just to add, I'm using Office 2003 Pro, and I have tested this feature with Word and Excel, neither works.
 
#4
You know what's odd KC? I went into Start Programs, right clicked Microsoft Word and made a shortie on the desktop.

When I drag a .doc over the shortcut and drop it, it opens Word.

NOTE: There is Office 2000 installed on this work PC.
 

American Zombie

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#5
Look at the target line of the shortcut you have now as it will just have the name of the application instead of a target path.

You could delete current shortcut then create a new shortcut with winword.exe as the target and all will be good to go.
 

American Zombie

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#7
My original one created by setup just says Microsoft Word 2003 and it is grayed out so you can not change it.

But a new shortcut with full path to Winword.exe works for what KC wants to do.
 

kcnychief

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#8
American Zombie said:
My original one created by setup just says Microsoft Word 2003 and it is grayed out so you can not change it.

But a new shortcut with full path to Winword.exe works for what KC wants to do.
AWESOME, thx! Reps coming..
 

madmatt

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#10
Microsoft Office uses a program called misc.exe to launch applications (via switches).

This file can be found in: C:\WINDOWS\Installer\{....}

e.g. C:\WINDOWS\Installer\{90110409-6000-11D3-8CFE-0150048383C9}

The Installer folder is a protected operating system folder.
 

madmatt

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#14
I don't know what the thought process is behind it. I would assume it's easier to add switches for all the programs into one executable.
 

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