This problem has only recently emerged. I cannot open .docs direct from their icon, recent items menu etc without first launching MS word. IMS Word is located in "Applications OS9" folder, because MS word runs in tthe classic environment of this OSx 10.1.5 machine.
It was suggested on another forum that i try fixing the permissions by running the disk repair utility. However, after opening the utility in "Applications" folder (the first aid utility in "Applications OS9" will not open, as it is "not supported by the classic environment") and selsecting the hard disk, I could not select the "verify" and "repair" options - they were ghosted out; i am not sure why as I had closed all files and apps that were running.
It was also suggested that i stop and restart the classic environment. I did this and also elected to open classic automatically on login, but this did not change the initial problem.
Now after restarting the machine, the problem has changed a little. When i try to open a .doc from its icon, a window comes up ("From: documents") and when i click on "choose" another window comes up stating"the file does not appear to be compressed or encoded. The appplication MS word might be able to open this file. would you like to try opening using ms word?" When I click on "try", ms word opens a blank new document. I can then, as usual, open the desired document.
How can I restore word so that it automatically opens up when i click on a file icon etc? Why cant I use the disk repair utillity?
Would greatly appreciate any suggetsions. Thanks.