Program Opens without the Desired Document

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 14, 2019)

Ed notes that on occasion he'll select a Word document from the recent documents list in Windows. Word then loads, but the document itself won't open. Ed wonders why this occurs.

If this happened with each document, no matter which one you clicked on, then the problem would likely be with how Word is registered with Windows. (In other words, what Windows thinks should happen when you double-click a document.) Since it occurs only on some documents, then the problem more than likely lies elsewhere.

The likely culprit is that if the document has been renamed, deleted, or moved to a different folder, the link in recent documents list maintained by Windows will no longer point to the document. If you double-click the link, then Windows tries to open the document at the old, pre-move location. Since it can't find it there, it leaves Word open, but does not load the unfound document.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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