Space Bar stopped working in Word only
Thread poster: Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 10:48
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Portuguese to English
Jul 13, 2011

Hello,

I have the standard Office 2007 package, and yesterday my keyboard spacebar just stopped working in Word only, including Wordfast. IT WORKS IN ALL OTHER APPLICATIONS.

I have tried all the usual, switching off/on, saving differently, pressing lots of keys etc, but no joy - in any Word document, it simply doesn't work. I AM MANAGING TO SPACE BY PRESSING SHIFT + SPACE), but this is not a definitive solution.

Have I inadvertently pressed a key to cause this?

Any tips/ideas/suggestions?

Many thanks!


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Frank van Thienen  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 05:48
Dutch to English
weird Jul 13, 2011

Sounds really strange.
The fact that it does work with other apps, sounds to me like the keyboard may be fine. This is then a software or driver issue.

You mentioned switching off/on, but have you rebooted? To make double sure, turn your pc off, leave it sit for 30 seconds, then turn it back on (this is more likely to remove RAM cobwebs).
If that fails to change anything:
Try unplugging the keyboard, and putting it back.
Try plugging in a different keyboard (borrow one).

If all that fails to change the situation, reinstall Word.

If everything points to the keyboard, clean underneath the space bar.

HTH,
Frank


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John Robinson
United States
Local time: 08:48
Function key? Jul 13, 2011

Is it a laptop keyboard with a special functions key?

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Mark Thompson  Identity Verified
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More info Jul 13, 2011

Thanks so far for your contributions. It is a desktop PC, I've had it for about 2 years, and I've never had problems of any nature with it before.

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Alison MacG  Identity Verified
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Possibly corrupt normal.dot template? Jul 13, 2011

This is perhaps something you could look into, as suggested by this Tech-Archive thread:

"spacebar not working in Word but works in other programs?

My guess is a corrupt normal.dot template (or interaction with an add-in)
see if it is corrected by running Word in its safe mode (start Word whilst
holding the CTRL key).

Rename normal.dot to oldnormal.dot with Word closed and Word will create a
new one."
http://www.tech-archive.net/Archive/Word/microsoft.public.word.newusers/2006-12/msg00178.html


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Mark Thompson  Identity Verified
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Normal.dot Jul 15, 2011

Thanks Alison. Please forgive my ignorance, but how do I find normal.dot?

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Mark Thompson  Identity Verified
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Wordfast was causing the problem Aug 1, 2011

I removed Wordfast, then reinstalled it, and all is well again.

Thanks!


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