Chemistry Formatter Add-in for Microsoft Word disables the space bar???
Thread poster: Vladislav Badalov

Vladislav Badalov  Identity Verified
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May 4, 2009

Yesterday, I received the most recent issue of Jost Zetzsche's Toolkit, a wonderful computer newsletter for translation professionals. It always contains really useful information including links to free resources. In the last issue, I noticed Chemistry Formatter Add-ins for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (http://spectrum.troy.edu/~cking/ChemFormat/) and a sublink within it to ChemSpell, apparently a spell checker for chemical formulae. I installed both add-ins and initially saw them working fine. However, soon after that I found that my space bar was disabled, and now it only works when used together with Shift. This seems impossible to repair in Word although it works alright in all other applications! My colleagues and I tried every possible solution (including shortcut reassignment using Word settings) to no avail. I would be grateful for any hints on how to make the space bar operate normally.

(Windows XP home; Office 2000 + 2007 compatibility pack)


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Vladislav Badalov  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 11:10
Russian to English
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The solution... May 4, 2009

...to this problem turned out to be surprisingly simple (http://www.officekb.com/Uwe/Forum.aspx/word-docmanagement/45759/Space-bar): "rename Normal.dot to NormalOLD.dot then start Word again
normally. You can use Tools/Templates and Add-ins/Organizer to copy macros,
toolbars and styles from the old Normal.dot to the new copy." I do hope it will be useful to those who had similar problems!

[Редактировалось 2009-05-04 12:19 GMT]


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