Microsoft Word icon changed to unknown program [Solved/Closed]


Recently my microsoft word (program) icon changed from the classic picture to the unknown programs icon. I wanted to know how to get the real icon back. My icons for everything else (such as Microsoft Excel) on the desktop still displa properly. When I click on the Microsoft Word unknown programs icon, it sill opens to a normal new document scree, so this is no problem.
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approved by Jean-François Pillou on Nov 30, 2018
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Go to microsoft office / microsoft office tools / microsoft office picture manager / help detect and repair / check restore my shortcuts while repairing.

This should restore all the microsoft office shortcuts and icons

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I went to control panel under program and program features and right clicked the Microsoft office icon. Clicked on the change button then clicked repair programs.
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So I rooted around and found a fix. I'm still not sure why this happened. But I right clicked on just one of the MS Word document icons on my desktop (it was a shortcut to a document I've been working on), selected "Open With..." then "Microsoft Word." The document opened (which was not the problem) and the MS icons (even Excel and PPT) are restored.