Set TextEdit As Default App to Open Word Docs

To set Text Edit as the default application to open Word docs, Option or Right click on the Word document and select Get Info from the contextual menu. In the Get Info window, click on the ‘Open With’ disclosure triangle. Select Text Edit as the application from the pull-down menu, and finally click on Change All to always open Word docs in Text Edit.

Comments: 3 Responses to “Set TextEdit As Default App to Open Word Docs”

    Peter Di Fronzo
    12/8/07 @ 4:05 pm

    Thank you for the tip.

    I am a pc user that hasn’t used macs since before OS X was introduced and now I’ll be able to help my mother view the documents she gets from people who have been able to afford Microsoft Office when she can’t.


    12/20/09 @ 5:29 pm

    But this only sets 1 document to open TextEdit by default. I want to open TextEdit for any .doc file I open without having to explicitly tell each one to open TextEdit by default.

    10/24/11 @ 6:47 pm

    This works to reset a doc to open in Word when it mysteriously changed to opening in Text Edit. Thanks for the help.

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