Outlook can't use Word as editor
Thread poster: Can Altinbay

Can Altinbay  Identity Verified
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Oct 24, 2005

If I set Word as my e-mail editor, every time I open a new e-mail message or respond to an existing one, Outlook gives me the message: "This form requires Word as your e-mail editor, but Word is either busy or cannot be found. The form will be opened in the Outlook editor instead."
I installed OfficeXP (2002) on this new (July) computer from a CD - I'm licenced, and the original machine died - and I'm wondering if the "try Office 2003" that came with the computer somehow confuses Outlook (registry settings?).

Does anyone have a clue? I wasn't successful poking around MSDN.


Fernando Toledo  Identity Verified
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Repair it! Oct 24, 2005

On the last menu in Outlook (with a ?).

Detect and repair (or something like this)




Gerard de Noord  Identity Verified
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Wordfast and Word as your e-mail editor Oct 24, 2005

Your profile mentions you're a Wordfast user. Some users have complained they can't use Wordfast together with Word as their e-mail editor. I'm using XP too and I just use the Outlook editor. Disabling segment and delimiter protection in Wordfast seems to be a solution, but maybe your problem isn't even related to Wordfast.



Can Altinbay  Identity Verified
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Thanks for the suggestions - and here is more information Oct 24, 2005

Repairing Outlook did not solve the problem.

I actually don't have Wordfast on my computer right now. I had it on another one, though I deleted it. It didn't affect Outlook as such, but the Wordfast stuff started showing up on my outgoing mail window.

I should also mention that I never touched the "try Office 2003" thing that came with my computer.


Local time: 23:55
I'd suggest not doing it. Oct 25, 2005

E-mails that go though the e-mail severs around the world have a tendency to break Word-created e-mails, or even those using Outlook's RTF. The recipient gets a .dat file that has to be decoded using special tools, if it's received at all.

The only totally reliable format is plain text. If something absolutely needs a certain look, use an attachment.


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