File association on Imac

By davids
Feb 18, 2006
  1. I have heard so much about imacs and I had my first proper go on one the other day - very stylish, but it is causing me problems already!

    The main problem is that I have transfered over Office 2003 documents and everytime I try to open them, the OS trys to open them with "Mac Office" (which is a try or buy version that has expired). I have come to realise that every file has to be re-associated seperatly. Is there a way around this?
  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Select the file in Finder, then press Apple + i (or from File menu "Get Info"). On the "Open with" section, select the application you want to use and click "Change All" -button below it.

  3. davids

    davids TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    Thanks. I seem to have another porblem on top of that now also - After I uninstalled the trial of mac office, *.doc files will no longer open with iWorks - when I bring up the open dialog box in iWorks all the doc files are greyed out.

    Do you have any ideas why this may be?
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

  5. davids

    davids TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96


    thanks for the link, the article is helpfull, i will read it fully tomorrow.

    I have tryed opening the files from the actual icon, and using open with, and from iworks itself. Most files open ok but a few doc files will not open, I cant remember the error message but i will post it on here tomorrow.

    I also have another problem if you would be kind enough to help:
    I have managed to edit the default template in iworks word processor, so that a new document opens up as a full page, but I would like to make existing documents open up in a similar way (basically so I can get them as near to an actual A4 size as possible). The way I can do this is by setting the "View size" to about 175% but I cannot find how to make this the default view size. Is this possible?
  6. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    I've never even seen iWorks, so I can't comment about that.
  7. davids

    davids TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96

    thanks for the help

    I have now decided on a simpler sollution - I am going to purchase Mac Office as I have tryed the demo version and I think it will solve all the compatability problems.

    Thanks for all the help though.
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 8,945   +584

    Try the OpenOffice solution from NeoOffice. Has Word and Excel compatibility,
    requires OS 10.3.9 and above and --- IT'S FREE:)
  9. davids

    davids TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96


    Thanks for the reply, in the end I bought a copy of mac:eek:ffice (and it did the job perfectly!).

    But I will bear neo office in mind, it sounds good.
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