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One problem I remember from way back is that activating Wordperfect Help in
Word (Help->Wordperfect Help), activated some Wordperfect-like behavior in
This affected the way cut and paste worked.
To Turn On/Off Help for WordPerfect Users in Word:
1. On the Tools menu, click Options
2. On the General tab, clear the "Navigation Keys for WordPerfect Users"
and "Help for WordPerfect Users"
This may help.
On Tue, Jul 15, 2008 at 2:55 AM, Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca> wrote:
> Holly Steele reports: <<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.>>
> I think we need more details here. First, what version of Word are
> you using and what version of Windows? Next, define "won't let me"
> etc. Do you mean that you can no longer select a chunk of text? (Is
> this true both using the mouse and using the keyboard?) That you can
> select a chunk of text but can't delete it by pressing Delete or
> Backspace? That you can select the text, but cannot cut it or copy
> it, or that you can only copy it but not cut it? That you cannot
> select a chunk of text and type over top of it, thereby replacing the
> selected text -- or that you cannot do this?
> Next, tell us what you have done to solve the problem. Have you shut
> down Word and rebooted your computer? That fixes a great many Word
> problems. Have you tried moving Normal.dot somewhere safe and letting
> Word create a new Normal.dot? (If the problem goes away, that tells
> you that Normal.dot is corrupted. If not, move the old Normal.dot
> back where it originated; it's probably not the cause of your problem.)
> All different problems, with different solutions.
> <<This is a subdocument BUT the master document is not open so Word
> shouldn't be thinking that the document is locked or something.>>
> fwiw, you should stay far away from Word's Master Document feature.
> Consensus, including that of the Word MVPs (http://word.mvps.org/fAQs/
> General/WhyMasterDocsCorrupt.htm), is that this feature is
> dangerously unreliable, and I have heard no reliable reports that the
> situation has improved in Word 2003 or 2007. Former techwhirler Steve
> Hudson used to claim he could use the feature reliably, but he's the
> only mortal who can make that claim*, and Steve was able to make Word
> do things even Microsoft didn't think was possible**. (The article I
> cited links to his advice on how to use Master Documents.)
> * To be more precise: Not even Steve can state definitively what will
> suddenly cause a master document to corrupt. Without that knowledge
> (i.e., without knowing what to avoid), why risk it?
> ** It's also worth noting that even Steve finally reached his
> tolerance limit and gave up on computers a few years ago. Last I
> heard, he was teaching English as a second language in China.
> -- Geoff Hart
> ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca / geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com
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