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Before you do anything else - BACKUP ALL OF YOUR SUBDOCUMENTS to a
completely different location.
The Master document feature is notorious for gobbling up documents and
there is no recovery when they are corrupted.
Step 1: Restart Word and see if you can now work. If yes, great! If
Step 2: Close Word again and delete Normal.dot - In general, deleting
Normal.dot will solve most problems (however, if you have macros in
Normal.dot, be sure to back those up as well!) Now see if the problem is
solved. - It should be.
Finally a note of extreme caution: There are ways to work without the
Master Document feature. It is not lightly that you will hear people say
NEVER USE that feature. I know - I lost a manual using it in my early
days of tech writing, and a friend lost his entire Master's thesis. I
had a backup - he did not....
I have had rumors that Word 2003 is more stable for this feature - but
having been so burned, I have chosen to find other solutions for large
I hope this info is helpful
From: techwr-l-bounces+dhemstreet=kaydon -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+dhemstreet=kaydon -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
Behalf Of Holly Steele
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2008 3:39 PM
Subject: Word not behaving
Have any of you ever had this problem?
In my Word document, I used to be able to use it normally. Now, for some
reason it won't let me cut text or select a chunk of text and delete en
mass. It is driving me CRAZY!!
This is a subdocument BUT the master document is not open so Word
be thinking that the document is locked or something.
Any suggestions would be welcome on how to overcome this particular
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