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Thread poster: Robin Salmon
Robin Salmon  Identity Verified
Australia
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German to English
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Jun 10, 2004

I once copied and pasted two Excel columns into a new Word document.
Now, every time I open a New Document ("Document1" etc.) the columns and some text appear. I usually delete them and carry on.
Today I am translating the text in flow diagrams which are in word Files. When I "Edit Picture" my old mates the Excel columns appear with the text, underneath the "picture".
It's a big problem. Can anyone help,please?


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Probably normal.dot Jun 10, 2004

Try to locate your normal.dot file, remove it to another folder and start Word anew. This should help, but i'm no specialist.
More:
http://www.word.mvps.org/faqs/apperrors/BlankDocNotBlank.htm

[Edited at 2004-06-10 04:22]


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Doaa El Hefnawy  Identity Verified
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How to prevent this from happening again. Jun 10, 2004

First of all, thanks to Heinrich for suggesting this excellent link that really does solve the problem. I only want to suggest a method to prevent this from happening again. Go to Tools, Options, Save. There you should find a check box for prompting when saving normal template. Select this check box. The next time you, unknowingly, change the normal template, word would warn you before saving these changes. Otherwise, as you can see from the screen tip associated with this check box, Word will automatically save any changes to the normal template and hence the problem you are facing in the first place. Good Luck.

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Robin Salmon  Identity Verified
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Thanks for all your help Jun 11, 2004

Thank you very much, Heinrich and Doaa. I have implemented your suggestions and it worked! I'm glad I was forced to find out how to solve this problem.

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