I would like em client to automatically open attached documents in Word not wordpad etc. How do I change it?
eM Client uses the same file associations as in Windows Explorer. Depending on Windows version the settings are under Start -> Default Programs (Vista & Windows 7) or elsewhere 
Thanks for this but in Folder Options - File Types does not appear - can you help?
I tried on two systems. On Windows 2000 the File Types tab is there, on Windows 7 it is not there anymore since the functionality was moved to the “Default Programs” control panel. Are you sure that you have Windows XP system and not newer one?