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How can I remove all file associations for Microsoft Office 2007 without uninstalling it?

In addition, is it possible to install Office 2007 and not create any file associations?

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If you're in windows 7, open your start menu and click on "Default Programs". Now click on "Associate a file type...".

From here you can remap, but not remove, any file associations. Here is a list of Office 2007 file extensions, which will come in handy.

If you want completely unassociate a filetype, you must use a third party tool, or delve into the registry. I prefer this little freeware tool called unassoc.

  • Are there any command line tools for both win xp and win 7 to do same thing as unassoc ? – Primoz Nov 5 '11 at 17:07
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  1. Back up HKEY_CURRENT_USERS\Software\Classes and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes before you install, then restore those keys after install. That should reset your file extensions

  2. Do what Paul said and delete them after install. This is a much safer option. Additionally Default Programs Editor is a point and click option to delete Default Programs associations.

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