Word documents won't save completely
Thread poster: AndrewH712

AndrewH712
United States
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German to English
Aug 7, 2015

I use Windows 8.1 (haven't switched yet) and am encountering a problem saving a word document. It is 49 pages, but when I save it to the desktop and open it again, it only displays as 11 pages. I saved it as another name and converted it from compatability mode, but I can't get anything to work. Any ideas?

Thanks for any advice.


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Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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Another format Aug 7, 2015

Try to save as RTF or Open Office ODT. Or maybe try to save in another location, not desktop. I have no Idea about Win 8, but possibly there is size limitation to what you can save in desktop?

[Edited at 2015-08-07 14:35 GMT]


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Tina Vonhof  Identity Verified
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Copy and paste Aug 7, 2015

Try copying and pasting it by a number of pages at a time, say 15-15-19 pages, into a new Word document and see what happens.

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Helen Hagon  Identity Verified
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Similar problem Dec 8, 2015

Did you manage to solve this problem, Andrew?

I'm having similar difficulties. Occasionally (not all the time, strangely) the computer just refuses to save my work. I click on 'save' regularly but, when I shut the document down, it tells me I haven't saved the document and then won't let me save it. As a result, my entire day's work vanishes into thin air. Recovered versions of the document only contain the previous day's work.

As technology is not my strongpoint, I'm not sure whether this is a problem with the computer or with Word. I'm using Windows 8.1 with the 2016 version of Office, on an Acer Aspire.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks

Helen


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TranslateThis  Identity Verified
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similar issue Dec 8, 2015

Helen Hagon wrote:
the computer just refuses to save my work. I click on 'save' regularly but, when I shut the document down, it tells me I haven't saved the document and then won't let me save it. As a result, my entire day's work vanishes into thin air. Recovered versions of the document only contain the previous day's work.
Helen


I am not sure how to solve this, but it's usually possible to save the problematic document with a different name (I just add "zzz" at the end of the file name so I know it is the newest version. Then I delete the original file; however, it is often necessary to terminate MS Word through Task Manager before that non-responsive file can be deleted). HTH.


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Rolf Keller
Germany
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The grandfather-father-son backup strategy is your friend Dec 9, 2015

Helen Hagon wrote:

I click on 'save' regularly


That's a rather bad strategy: Any such click overwrites the previous version. If something goes wrong in between times, the previous version AND the current version might be lost.

The solution: Save versions with different names and – whenever possible – on different media. E. g. versions 1,3,5,7 on media #1, versions #2,4,6,8, ... on media #2.

Media can be hard disk, SSD, DVD-RAM, NAS, USB-Stick, ...

Saving with different names is somewhat laborious, though. Except if you have a smart macro that does the job.


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