Need Microsoft Word Help

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#1

Okay so this is the scenario. I was doing my assignment, I tried saving it then it wouldn’t allow me to and then it said it would automatically save/recover for me. Which indeed it did, but I open the file and to my surprise 97% of it is filled with square symbols. I was wondering if anyone can help me convert them back into alphabets?

If it is any help as well. My word recovery document was also accompanied by 3 Notepad documents automatically named recovery, recovery 1 and recovery 2 :confused:

Any help would be greatly appreciated, as time is running out to do this assignment :frowning:


#2

[QUOTE=misspandora;2139767]Okay so this is the scenario. I was doing my assignment, I tried saving it then it wouldn’t allow me to and then it said it would automatically save/recover for me. Which indeed it did, but I open the file and to my surprise 97% of it is filled with square symbols. I was wondering if anyone can help me convert them back into alphabets?

If it is any help as well. My word recovery document was also accompanied by 3 Notepad documents automatically named recovery, recovery 1 and recovery 2 :confused:

Any help would be greatly appreciated, as time is running out to do this assignment :([/QUOTE]

Sounds like Word is corrupted the program itself?? But also you didn’t mention what version your using of Word? I would uninstall Word and reinstall unless it was a package then remove it all and reinstall it. Sometimes a reboot and trying using Word might fix it as well. But try writing making a new page and saving it and see if it does it again. Those symbols probably means it didn’t save correctly and corrupted those lines and you just have to retype it.


#3

Microsoft Word 2000. And yeah I tried making a new page and saving it. Same type of symbols appeared. Might try uninstalling and reinstalling it.

Thanks so much for your help.


#4

I’m not familiar with your version but every version I’ve used relies on a file called normal.dot to save it’s settings. If/when that file becomes corrupted, you can have problems and they may not be solved by reinstalling Word.

There are many articles about this file and I’ve pulled up one of them plus added a screenshot. I hope this helps.

http://www.officearticles.com/word/about_normal_dot_in_microsoft_word.htm



#5

Thank you. It unfortunately happened again. I’ll see if this works.


#6

It’s difficult to know what is going on (e.g. program locks up or crashes) but you indicated you might try reinstalling Word. If you did and it’s still causing problems, then their are other issues at work.

Try using the Office install CD and try “Detect and Repair”. That should reset everything.

Here a few links that could be of some assistance. One is directed at understanding and manipulating the normal.dot file and the other is an MS support link.

http://www.elamb.org/howto/normal-dot.htm

Word 2000 or Word 97 stops responding when you start the program
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;290771

[B]Suggestion:[/B]

Until you are confident your problem is solved, do many backups and save often under different names (e.g. use “save as” and date & time as part of the backup name).

If you’re not trusting of Word saving your file, use copy/paste and paste your Word text to a program that handles text [B]and do this often.[/B]


#7

Try this: http://ref.officerecovery.com/word/index.htm
Or google for other similar apps.