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MSWord 2003 - Takes two tries to open files

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Hello All,

I have a minor, yet frustrating, issue with MSWord 2003. Here's the scenario:
I have documents stored on my desktop. Normally a double click opens Word, then the file. In this case, Word opens, but then I must go back to the desktop and double click the file again, or do File>Open, then the document opens.
I have checked the association of the document ( right click Properties>Opens with...), and it is linked to Word.
Any ideas what the cause/fix is for this?
Thanks in advance,
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Grandad Phillip

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Firstly, don't store the actual documents on the Desktop, their shortcuts yes, but not the actual documents. This is bad practice. All your document files should be kept in a folder or folders in 'My Documents'. Apart from anything else, this makes backing them up easier (ensuring you don't miss any) and keeps your Desktop free of unnecessary clutter. It doesn't take much more effort to open 'My Documents' first to get to your Word documents.

Does the problem still occur if you double-click a Word document located in 'My Documents'?

And does it still occur if you double-click a Desktop shortcut which points to a Word document located in 'My Documents'?
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