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Using OP4W with Windows XP and Office XP
This is an edited version of an item originally published on the OfficePower web site on
30th June 2002


Installing OP4W on Windows XP

Before installing, ensure you have Windows File Protection enabled. This is enabled by default, but if it has been disabled, a warning message is displayed each time you login.

OP4W replaces two system files, \windows\system\shell.dll and \windows\system\commdlg.dll. Windows File Protection detects that these files should not be replaced, and if possible it restores the correct versions from a cache. It also writes an event to the system event log. If Windows File Protection cannot obtain the correct files from its cache, you will need to restore them manually. To do this:

  1. Insert the Windows XP CD into the CD drive
  2. Open a command prompt by selecting Run from the Start menu and typing: cmd
  3. In the command window, type: sfc /scannow

The correct files should then be restored

After installing, you are prompted to restart the system by clicking OK. The system is in fact not restarted - you are simply logged out and will need to restart manually.

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Integration with external applications

This section replaces, for users of Microsoft Office XP, the corresponding section in Chapter 4 Managing Workspace and Alerts in the OfficePower for Windows Userís Guide.

The OfficePower for Windows Integration Toolkit enables you to integrate OfficePower functionality with Microsoft Word for Windows and Excel Version XP.

If you install the Integration Toolkit files, menu items relating to OfficePower are automatically added to the existing menus in the application. An OfficePower menu is added to Word for Windows and Excel, offering the following menu options:

  • The Open:Browse Folders option displays the Workspace Folder View.
  • The Open:Work in Progress option displays Work in Progress.
  • The Save option saves the current document or spreadsheet on the server.
  • The Return option returns the current document or spreadsheet to the server.
  • The Send:File option allows you to send the current file by opening the Send Mail window with the file automatically attached.
  • The Send:Selected Text option allows you to select some text and send it. The Send Mail window opens with the selected text automatically placed in the text field.
  • The Send:Message option opens the Send Mail window ready for you to send a message.
  • The Store option allows you to store the current document on the server.
  • The Connect/Disconnect option allows you to connect to or disconnect from a server.

Installing Word for Windows components

Download the file OPWINT10.DOT and copy it to the STARTUP folder in the Microsoft Office folder structure.

  • The STARTUP folder is normally C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10\Startup
  • The locations may be different on your PC if you installed Office XP in a different folder, or are using Profiles to support multiple users on the same PC. To check the correct name for the STARTUP folder on your PC, select Options from the Tools menu in Word, click on the File Locations tab and check the Startup entry in the list of file types. (If this entry is blank, you must set it before installing
  • The supplied integration kit macros will not work with the default (high) security setting in Word. Use the Tools/Macro/Security menu item to change security settings to medium or low, and ensure that the option Trust all installed add-ins and templates remains CHECKED on the Trusted Sources tab of the dialogue box.

Installing Excel components

Download the file OPWINT10.XLA and copy it to the XLSTART folder in the Microsoft Office folder structure.

The Excel security settings will need to be changed to medium or low. For details see the procedure for Word above.

Integration with Windows Explorer

This section replaces the section Customizing integration with Windows Explorer in Chapter 4 Managing Workspace and Alerts in the OfficePower for Windows Userís Guide.

The instructions assume you installed OfficePower for Windows in the default location C:\OP4W.

OfficePower for Windows can be integrated with Windows Explorer. This comprises additional entries in the Send To section of the context menu displayed when you right click on a file in Explorer. A new folder, OfficePower for Windows, appears in the Send To list. Entries in this folder let you store the selected file on the OfficePower server, or send it by OfficePower mail.

In Explorer:

  • Navigate to the folder c:\Documents and Settings\user\SendTo where user is the name of the user who installed OfficePower for Windows. For example, if this was installed by the user Administrator, the folder is c:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\SendTo.
  • Create a new folder called OfficePower for Windows
  • Create a new shortcut - at the "location" prompt type c:\OP4W\opwedit.exe - at the "name" prompt type Open for editing.
  • Create a new shortcut - at the "location" prompt type c:\OP4W\opwsend.exe - at the "name" prompt type Send by OP Mail.
  • Create a new shortcut - at the "location" prompt type c:\OP4W\opwstore.exe - at the "name" prompt type Store on OP server.

You can customise the Send To list by adding additional shortcuts to this folder, or its subfolders, or by moving or deleting existing entries. You can also copy the OfficePower for Windows folder to the SendTo folder for other users (for example c:\Documents and Settings\Fred\SendTo).


When OfficePower for Windows is invoked from Word for Windows, Excel or Explorer, it may appear behind the current window. In this case you will need to click on the Workspace taskbar entry in order to bring this window to the front.

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