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Where is Microsoft Word?

Asked by queenzboulevard (2551points) October 23rd, 2008

From start menu>all programs, I have a Microsoft Office 2007 folder. When that drops down, all my office programs are shown. I dragged MS word to my desktop from that folder, and then deleted the shortcut. Now Word isn’t in my Microsoft Office 2007 folder anymore. I found it under MyComputer>program files>Office 12 or something like that. but it’s called MSWORD. Is there any way to get it back into the Microsoft Office 2007 folder in my start menu>all programs? This is vista.

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jlm11f's avatar

you should be able to drag it from the office 12 folder onto the folder on your start menu. keep the office 12 window open, click on start menu, find the office 2007 folder (in the menu, under programs), drag msword to it.

jasonjackson's avatar

In Windows, the things on the start menu are shortcuts to the installed programs, not actually the programs themselves. What you’ve managed to find is the installed actual program files (which must remain together and which should not be moved out of Program Files in most cases, including this one), but you’ve deleted your handy and nicely-named shortcuts to them.

If the shortcuts are still in the recycle bin, you can right-click and select “restore” from the menu to get them back onto your desktop. I’m not sure if you can drag them from there back to the start menu or not, but you can open a Windows Explorer window, navigate to C:\Users\queenzboulevard\Start Menu (or whatever your user name is), and drag them there.

Alternatively, you can put the Office disc back in the drive, and re-run the installer, selecting the “reinstall” or “repair” option; it will recreate the shortcuts for you.

jasonjackson's avatar

@PnL: eh, I wouldn’t experiment with moving the actual executable around, and the Start Menu folder doesn’t normally contain programs.

jlm11f's avatar

@jason – i mean copy paste the .exe to start menu. i know that’s not the norm, but it does work.
to queen – it should not be removed from the office 12 folder.

Alternatively, you can also right click on the MSWORD (in the office 12 folder) and choose “New” and in the drop down choose “short cut”. that opens a short cut wizard which allows you to create a short cut of the file wherever you want. this might be the better method.

Vincentt's avatar

I’m not that familiar with Windows, but can’t you drag the desktop icon to the Start menu button, wait for the menu to pop up, locate the correct folder and then drop it in there again?

jasonjackson's avatar

@Vincentt: in XP (which I have), yep – you’re exactly right. I’m not sure about Vista, so I mentioned the other, more manual way to put shortcuts into the Start Menu.. I know that still works.

goldmine178's avatar

on your computer if you have that porgram

iwamoto's avatar

wow goldmine, i’d almost GA you for that ;)

maccmann's avatar

Lesson: Know what you’re moving before you move it. This is akin to taking a part of your car’s engine and moving it to a different place under the hood, then expecting things to work the same as before you moved it.

Yes, computers are supposed to be easy to use, but only if you keep it that way. If you’re not sure that you should be moving files around that you really don’t know much about, you probably should just sit on your hands till the felling goes away and save yourself some problems.

And you can always do a restore from the M$ Office Install DVD if things go goofy. Too bad we can’t just do that with our cars….

Vincentt's avatar

@maccmann – what probably caused the problem here is that queenzboulevard didn’t know he was moving a file. I’d have expected a copy or a shortcut to be created, so it’s understandable.

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