Wordfast bugs with Word 2003
Thread poster: Rob Grayson

Rob Grayson  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 11:14
French to English
Aug 11, 2006


I've just installed the latest version of Wordfast (5.25) on a trial basis - it's the first time I've used a CAT tool. I use Word 2003 and seem to be having some instability problems.

The first thing I noticed is that within Word, I seem to have lost all functionality of the mouse except for the scroll wheel. I can no longer click in the document, click on the R/H scroll bar, highlight text using the mouse etc.

I have had further problems when composing messages in Outlook, where I use Word 2003 as my e-mail editor. The same problems occur as above with the non-functioning mouse, plus two others: (1) hitting the Delet or Backspace keys seems to be interpreted by the software as a "close" command, causing a dialogue box to appear asking me if I wish to save the document before closing. (2) If I attach a Word document to my message, such as a completed translation, and then double-click on this attached file to open it (e.g. to check it's the right file), it does not open - no error message or anything, it just doesn't open.

Finally, I use Macromedia FlashPapepr to convert certain documents to pdf format. This places a FlashPaper menu within Word. Since installing Wordfast, the FlashPaper menu has disappeared from Word.

I hope someone can give me some idea how to remove these bugs, otherwise i fear my use of Wordfast will be very short-lived!

Thanks in advance,


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Tadej Kokalj  Identity Verified
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Bugs or "bugs"? Aug 11, 2006

Please read "Troubleshooting" section of the manual, regarding Outlook. I recommend to use Outlook in HTML mode.

Where have you looked for FlashPaper? Is menu present, when WF is inactive? Have you checked Tools/Templates and Add-ins in Word?

Please see also Pandora's Box command KeepTemplate.


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Gerard de Noord  Identity Verified
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German to Dutch
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Don't use Wordfast Aug 11, 2006

You can't use Wordfast out-of-the-box when you use Word as your Outlook editor and when you have an aggressive PDF converter installed in Word. The Outlook thing is a VBA bug, the PDF thing is a common bug: some templates don't let go of their Word space, even when they're not invoked.

Wordfast has its own bugs, but they're minor.

The only easy solution is using the Outlook editor for your e-mail and disabling all PDF templates from running in Word together with Wordfast. You can always print to a "PDF printer" from within Word if you do not need the additional functionality.

Kind regards,

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