My Xfce Phoenix installation regards *.doc files as plain text, giving them a MIME type of text/plain. Obviously this gives problems in getting them to open directly into OpenOffice, as it tries to open them in Mousepad (my default for text files).
If I change the default for *.doc to OpenOffice Writer, then text files open in OO, which is also not desirable.
I've googled the problem, had a look at some of the config files in /usr/share/mime, but they all seemed a bit scary to be changing and there was quite a difference of opinion on how to fix it, probably due to different Xfce distros handling the whole MIME type issue differently.
I did do the seemingly-safe option of running 'update-mime-database', but with no success.
So, any ideas on how can I fix this problem?