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Can't highlight in Word 2003 and Outlook 2003. Can't open Word 2003 attachments.

Q: Can't highlight in Word 2003 and Outlook 2003. Can't open Word 2003 attachments.


I am having issues with Word and Outlook 2003. I just upgraded them from 2000 and now I am running into a couple of issues. Help!

Microsoft Word 2003
- Can't highlight or select an area on my Word page with my mouse. I can use my keyboard, but that becomes quite annoying as you can imagine.

Microsoft Outlook 2003
- Can't highlight or select an area on my page with my mouse. I can use my keyboard, but that becomes quite annoying as you can imagine.
- Can't open Word document attachments only. I can open excel, pdf, etc..., but not Word.

I have restarted my pc, reinstalled office 2003, erased the profile, removed the 11.0\Word\Data registry and no luck. Any solutions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

A: Can't highlight in Word 2003 and Outlook 2003. Can't open Word 2003 attachments.

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All word doc attachements in outlook 2003 are going out read only.

How can I change the setting back to "normal"???

running windows xp home, office 2003 ... all were recently reinstalled on reformatted hdd.


Tom O'Connell

A:Outlook 2003 - word doc attachments read only

where are the files when you attach them - from a CD??
The recepient can just save them as a different name

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I have Microsoft Office 2003 installed and also the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack 2007. However, when I receive an e-mail with a Microsoft Word 2007 attachment, the document will not open even with the Compatibility Pack installed. I can not convert .docx to .doc. Any advice please?

A:Microsoft Outlook 2003 - Attachments in Microsoft Word 2007 will not open

Hi again,

Anybody able to help me with this please?

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i have the hardest time trying to get the formatting in otlook 2003 right; basically, i need to send a press release so i draft a cover letter ; after that, i paste the press release (in word 2003) into outlook; it looks fine before sending but when i send it to myself (both in oe and outlook), the received mail's format doesnt look quite the same as what was sent

ie. some paragraphs are underlined and i cant seem to get rid of it; i tried the reveal code to figure out where the underline came from but no luck so far

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I originally posted this question on November 3, 2010 in the Email section and in spite of many views, there were no replies. That is when I thought I might be going about asking the question the wrong way.

Windows XP - SP3 Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook 2003

I use Word as my email editor for Outlook. I had had a problem or two awhile back and I used the Detect and Repair Function that comes with Outlook 2003. Problems cleared up HOWEVER I got a new and IMHO worse problem: my emails that are advertisements like Newegg, TigerDirect, Overstock, etc. are fine but anything else that is actually text that is sent to me comes in very, very small and I can not find a way to change it. I have looked everywhere in Outlook; Microsoft online, and Google. Sample attached.

I can't find it and it is driving me crazy. If anyone could help, I'd sincerely appreciate it!

Thank you for your time.

A:Word 2003 used as email editor for Outlook 2003

Hi and welcome to TSG.

From the main Outlook Mail screen, try ...

Tools ->
Options ->
Mail Format Tab ->
"Fonts ..." button in Stationery and Fonts section ->
"Choose Font ..." button under "When composing and reading plain text"

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For the past two weeks I have noticed that hyperlinks placed in email I am sending are being stripped by Outlook. I use Word 2003 as the email editor. I can write an email, insert (or have automatically convered) emails but if I either send or save those emails, the hyperlinks are removed. The problem does not occur if I use Outlook's email editor.

I have made no setting changes on my system, except moving from XPSP2 beta to XPSP2 Final.

A:Word 2003 hyperlinks stripped in Outlook 2003

Security by MS turned on by default in the final version.

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This appears to be a common problem, with many solutions, though I have yet to find one that works for me. When using Outlook 2003 with Word 2003 set to be the email editor, Word opens and works fine to CREATE a new email. However, when trying to REPLY TO or FORWARD an email, I get the error message "Microsoft Word is set to be your email editor. However, Word is unavailable, not installed, or is not the same version as Outlook. The outlook email editor will be used instead...," and when I click OK to that message the native Outlook email editor opens. Word 2003 worked fine with Outlook 2003 replying to or forwarding emails till this morning, but the behavior described above now applies. The OS, by the way, is Windows 10. I have tried to both "repair" and "reinstall" the 2003 Office 2003 suite, both to no avail. Would appreciate a much needed solution to this puzzle.

A:Outlook 2003 Can't Use Word 2003 As Email Editor

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I normally use Word 2003 for documents, although I use Outlook 2010. This morning I opened a Word 2010 document and after quite a while of some sort of an installation, I was able to open the Word 2010 document. I did not think too much of it, except that later I was sending an e-mail and attached a Word 2003 document and when I went to check it (i.e. open it up) it opened in Word 2010. How do I disable Word 2010 as my default program to open Word documents. I do not want to uninstall the program, but at this point I am not ready to learn how to use Word 2010.

A:Word 2010 is opening my word 2003 attachments

SHG818 welcome to Sevenforums!

Have you tried this tutorial?

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Upon a fresh boot everything is fine. After running Outlook 2003 for a while something changes and the only way to fix it is to reboot.

The Problem: I open an incooming email with an attached Word document. I click on the attachment to open and nothing happens. I close the email and Outlook locks for about 10 seconds, then the screen goes blank except for some grid lines (for about a minute). After that the program returns to normal except for this problem.

I'm using MS Office and Word as my email editor.

Nothing frustrates me more that having to reboot while I am working. Any ideas?

A:From Outlook 2003 can't open emailed word .doc

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Hello guys

my machine: PC desktop, Aser.
OS: XP 2002 SP3, Office 2003,
I used to install this software offcie many time and work normally,
since few days ago happened some problem with the mouse that became very fast and open many webpages from a single click, added to this can't highlight text in word or from notepad,

I uninstall and re-install the office again... the problem still remaining...
I will appreciate if any helpful advises, with lot of thanks in advance,

A:Solved: Word 2003 can't highlight text with mouse

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As above.

Is there a software upgrade i need to do.

I have the password. comes up with...

"Word experienced an error while trying to open this file"

Thanks in advance


A:Solved: Can't open password protected Word 2007 document in Word 2003

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I am using the mail merge wizard in Word 2003 to create address mailing labels from a mailing list I saved in an Excel 2003 worksheet.

Everything is fine, I've tested is several times. But there's one very aggravating little problem.

The labels are all created with a space in front of the first line (name) on each and every label.

I want them to look like this:

John Smith
123 Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22901

But instead they all look like this (the underscore I typed in is actually just a blank space):

_John Smith
123 Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22901

I've tried everything I can think of.

The spreadsheet cells for names do not have an extra space in them before the names. I have one column in the spreadsheet called Name that has the entire name of the person I want to appear on the first line, so I'm not using separate values for first name and last name, it's just one: Name.

Please advise. Thanks so much!

A:Labels-Mail Merge,Word 2003 & Excel 2003-space at beg.of 1st line

Yup. It's a PITA. You need to NOT use the Address Block. Instead, insert the individual fields. See this article:

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I have Word 2003 and 2013 installed on my computer. Word 2013 can't edit files with custom XML elements, so I want to use 2003 to open them. However, whenever I double-click an XML file, it launches 2013. I tried to fix this by selecting "open with" and browsing for Word 2003. But whenever I do that, the program that appears in the open with dialog box is Word 2013--not 2003. I can't select Word 2003 from any open with dialog box from anywhere because of this. How do I fix this?

A:Word 2013 and 2003 installed; default programs won't recognize 2003

It's actually best recommended not to have 2 versions of MS office at the same time, but I guess yours is a special case.

Try opening Word 2003 and open your document from there. See if it works.

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Yesterday my friend send me data that was created into MS 2007, where as i have installed MS 2003 on my hme computer. They are not opening, how do i open them please help

A:can't open MS word 2007 file into word 2003

MS 2007 documents cannot be opened using MS Office 2003.

You can either get yourself a newer copy of MS Office or download and install a copy of Libre Office which will open all MS Office documents.

Libre Office is free, unlike MS Office.

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help with this would be very appreciated.

We run windows xp, word 2003 and excel 2003

we have created a mail-merge between our database of patients in excel and word, but when we come to the section where we tick the boxes next to the people required for the mail-merge we can select only 1 or 2 or 100, but when the mail-merge goes to the next section it has reverted to selecting the whole database of patients, which when your trying the send a letter to only a few people and it instead tries to print 5000+ letters is annoying to say the least.

i have tried changing the database to running from access, and i have started fresh and re done the mail-merge letter but this is all to no avail as the same error occurs???

any ideas,
please help

A:Mail merge problem using excel 2003 and word 2003

There may be some bad data within the columns that may be causing your issue. Look to see if there something out of the ordinary within the dataset you are trying to use for the mail merge. I think one may be column headings with spaces in them and another may be where two or more rows may have meen merged in your spreadsheet.

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Hi - just looking for some help as getting a bit annoyed cos it's not working

I've got a table which contains people's details.

What I'm trying to do is if the person has no date of birth on file (i.e. they are over 18 year of age) for the merge to put a tick into a column, but if the person has a date of birth on file (i.e. under 18 years of age) for the merge to leave the column blank.

The column after this will contain the date of birth (if any).

In the over 18 box I've put the following function:

As each form will contain anything from 1 to 8 records, the lines which wouln't contain any merged data (i.e. if only 4 names to merge into a form, the last 4 rows of the form would be blank) - but it keeps merging in a ticked box for all the rows, even if there is only one row of data.

Hope this makes sense.

Thanks in advance for any help/advice.

A:Mail Merge - Help with Word 2003 & Excel 2003 using IFstatements

This does not sound like a merge function, it sounds like you are just validating data in a cell and based on that cells content putting a check in a check box.

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I have a number of standard letters which require a dropdown box to be populated with a list of over 25 names.

When thinking this through, I figured that it would be best (due to restrictions on the network so I'm unable to use an access database) to produce this list in Excel 2003. Along with corresponding lists of email and telephone numbers.

Unfortunately I'm finding it very difficult to get the information onto the dropdown.

So far the code I have is:
Private Sub UserForm_Click()

'Define Variables
Dim xlNames As Excel.Workbook
Dim rsNames As Recordset
Dim cmbNames As ComboBox
Dim i As Integer
Dim SocServs As Worksheet

'open the spreadsheet to access the information
Set xlNames = Excel.Workbooks.Open("C:\Documents and Settings\00772367\My Documents\SocServs.xls")
'set up and activate the appropriate worksheet
Set SocServs = xlNames.Application.Sheets("SocServs")

'retrieve the information from the named column in the spreadsheet
Set rsNames = SocServs.Columns(1, 1)
i = 0

With rsNames
' This code populates the combo box with the values
' in the Names column of that there spreadsheet (I fervently hope).

Do Until .EOF
cmbNames.AddItem (i)
cmbNames.Column(0, i) = .Fields("Names")
i = i + 1

End With
End Sub
There's a few errors in there, which I can't seem to surmount. The coding doesn't seem to recognise the fact that I've got a named range in t... Read more

A:Populate a dropdown box in Word 2003 from a list in Excel 2003

Is there any particular reason why you are needing to do this using VBA? You can populate a cell with your multiple choice options using Excel's built in Data Validation feature. Simply select the cell you want the options to appear in and click DATA --> VALIDATION and then select "ALLOW LIST" from the options. Then select the range of cells that contains your list of names.


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Okay I have 2 issues that I can't figure out if there is a way to get word to act the way I want.

When not using word as an email editor and you compose an email but do not send the email. Then you perform a file/print this printout prints the person the email is from, the To and CC and the subject and the body of the email.

When you turn on Word 2003 as the editor you only print the body of the email with no subject and no To and CC.

When not using word as an email editor and you add contacts the interface shows the To people from the contacts list as Firstname Lastname; Firstname Lastname and so on.

When you turn on word as the email editor you get Firstname Lastname <email>; Firstname Lastname <email>

Is there any way to run with Word 2003 as the email editor but have these 2 functions work the way outlook operates without it being the editor?

Basically I have a woman who loves using words advanced clipart and other functions but has to have these 2 settings to be enabled (the non email address showing just the contact name and the format of the whole email being printed not just the body)

A:Oultook 2003 with Word 2003 as email editor

shameless bump still not solved.

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I am running Windows Server 2003 with Terminal Services enabled and was wondering if there are any compatibility problems with installing Word 2003. Microsofts website says Windows 2000 with SP3, Windows XP, or later as OS requirements but that is very general.

Thanks in advance, Dave

A:Word 2003 and Windows Server 2003

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I would like to be able to click on a name in a Word 2003 doc and instead of it using smart tags to access Outlook's contacts I need it to pull from an Access2003/Excel2003 Database. I don't even need the smart tags menu that gives options to appear, I simply want to see contact information from the db come up in place of that or just have one option come up that opens a small window displaying this contact information.

Any suggestions on how to code this with VBA or any third party apps or plug ins or anything?

A:Word 2003 Query Access 2003

mcollins4, welcome to the Forum.
You can communicate with other MS applications, see the Word VBA Editor's Help Topic
Communicating with Other Applications

But I think you might find that this does want you want, with a bit of modification.

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I just bought a new computer - a Gateway GT5028. This is a Windows Media Center 2005 machine with an Athlon64 3800+, 3GB RAM. The first apllication I installed was MS Office 2003 complete - all options - except Outlook and Infopath. Everything works fine except for 1 big thing. When I go to create a new document using the NEW DOCUMENT link on the START menu the usual dialog box pops up. However, none of the links that utilize MS Word work. The message that I receive is: "The program assoiated with the selected template cannot be started, or the program cannot use the selected template." I have repaired and reintalled many times. I am now looking for another solution if one can be found. I did not have this problem on my other computer. Any help would be much appreciated.

A:MSOffice 2003 - Word 2003 and a new computer

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I want to merge 1 record from Access 2003 to Word 2003. After trying everything, I finally was able to get a process working where I opened Word and then ran a Word macro to run the merge, passing . However, it stopped working, and I can't figure out why. I haven't changed anything.

The problem is the same one that all the other attempts run into - Word 2003 won't let me connect to the database when the merge file is opened, if a record is open in Access.

I tried having my code in Access close the form, but that didn't work. However, if I manually close all the forms, so only the database window is open, then I can open the merge form manually in Word without any problem.

When I run the macro, Word askes me to connect to the database, then bombs out, saying it is locked or Admin hasn't given permission.

Anyone know a way to get Access to merge to Word?

A:Merge Access 2003 to Word 2003

Have you change from XP to Vista or a later version of Windows? OS security changed the way things behave in the newer Windows operating systems.

Connecting to an open file isn't the best practice anyway. Forms are often linked to tables which is probably why closing the forms works for you. A possible solution, if its important to keep the database open, is to make a copy of the table thats desired for the merge and update the copy as needed.

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I have created a 130 page report in MS Word that consists of figures and tables created in and linked from MS Excel. The idea is that this will be an annual document that will be updated on a regular basis. When updating, people would simply make the changes in the excel file and the Word file would automatically update. This was the plan...

The problem is when I try to update the links only about the first 60 pages update. After that I get this error " Error! Not a valid link". While I can maually update this by selecting the message and clicking F9, the size of the table has changed and the font changes from Arial to Times New Roman.

Any idea of how I can fix this. I spent about a week designing this and making sure all tables and figures fit nicely on the page.

Thanks for any and all help.

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An Outlook 2003 user in our California office that is having problems opening attachments from one particular sender. When she tries to open an attached RTF file in an e-mail from that person, she gets the error message shown in the attached GIF file. She sent the RTF file to me and I could open it in Outlook 2003 with no problem. I sent the same RTF file back to her as an attachment to a new e-mail and she could open it with no problem.

She is running Windows XP Pro and says the problem started after rebooting this morning as part of installing automatic updates.

A Google search finds lots of people that get the same error message when opening attachments and the messages go away after clearing a randomly named cache area used by Outlook. I don't think the problem is the same in her case because she can still open attachments from other people with no problem but can't go back and open an attachment from that particular sender.

Any suggestions that I can send to her in an e-mail or walk through on the phone?

A:Outlook 2003 - Can't open attachments from some senders

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I have a user who cannot open DOC attachments in Outlook 2003. When she tries to open the attachment, it attempts to open the file in Excel. When she opens a doc file stored on the hard drive, it opens correctly, so I know it isn't a Windows file type association issue.

A:.doc attachments trying to open in Excel? (Outlook 2003)

This is a good one. One approach would be to narrow down culprits:
1. User - does this happen on other pcs? If you login does it do the same thing?
2. Computer - again is this happening elswhere to same user?
3. Software - Run a repair on office? If its the user profile it may not help.

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I have a user who cannot open DOC attachments in Outlook 2003. When she tries to open the attachment, it attempts to open the file in Excel. When she opens a doc file stored on the hard drive, it opens correctly, so I know it isn't a Windows file type association issue.

A:.doc attachments trying to open in Excel? (Outlook 2003)

this quiz should be posted in 'Business Applications'

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We have several end users who have reported the following problem:

While working in Excel, the user(s) will wish to send a file via email. They select File --> Send To --> Mail Recipient (as attachment) and get an error stating that Outlook was unable to open one or more attachments.

If the user saves the file locally (to their desktop or My Documents for example) and then creates a new email in Outlook, they are able to attach the file to the email (by choosing to insert attachment/clicking the paperclip) and send it in that way.

Has anyone experienced this? Is there a reason? Is there a way to fix it? Our users much prefer the shortcut of sending excel worksheets as attachments from within the program.

All the PCs are running Windows XP Professional and Office 2003.

A:Outlook 2003: Unable to open one or more attachments

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I work in IT and I've run into a problem I can't seem to solve myself. A client receives regular .msg attachments from a coworker, but he can't open them unless he first saves the .msg files to his HDD. If he trys to open the attachments directly from outlook, he receives the error "the messaging interface has returned an unknown error". No other attachments cause this problem, just .msg files. I have tried reinstalling Outlook but the problem still occurs. The .msg files he receives get forwarded to himself as well as about a dozen other employees, and the rest have no problem opening these attachments. Anyone have an idea what I can try here?

A:Outlook 2003 Error: Can't open .msg attachments!

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For some 'unfun' reason my Outlook has stopped opening doc/jpg/etc. attachments (still opens email attachment-.eml). I can open the attachment in webmail.

I get "Can't create file: right click folder to create the file in, click properties on shortcut menu to check your permissions to open the folder ." I also get Can't create file" when I try to save the attachment.

It's a pain to have to open in webmail when I want to save files to my harddrive.

Would GREATLY appreciate any assistance in correcting this.

A:Unable to open attachments in Outlook 2003

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I came in today and tried to open a word document. I get Word has experienced a problem and much close. Do you want to send error report. Then you are prompted to open Word in safe mode or not. If you click no it just goes in that cycle. Everytime it tries to reopen you get the error or you can open in safe mode but can't do much of anything from there. Any suggestions on how to fix this?

A:Word 2003 won't open

If you have the original disk when you try to reinstall office one of the options will be to repair office.Its worth a try.

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When I try to open word 2003 it gives me a message that says: The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0150002) Click on ok to terminate the application. Any Help?

A:Can't Open Word 2003


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I have XP and Office 2003 installed. Today I received an e-mail in Outlook Express/IE that had two Word docs attached. One opened easily. The second won't open, even though it is a revision of one I've received and opened in earlier versions. The error reads: Word experienced an error trying to open the file. Try these suggestions:
*Check the file permissions for the document or drive. [No problem here]
* Make sure there is sufficient free memory and disk space. [No problem here]
* Open the file with the Text Recovery converter.

Following the instructions, I first saved the document to my hard drive, launched Word, clicked on Open, and browsed to the document. Then I tried both suggestions, and neither worked. The first was to use the FILES OF TYPE drop down and click on RECOVER TEXT. That yielded the same error message. Then I tried the second, which was to click on the down arrow next to the OPEN button, but that failed also.

I've asked the sender of the document to check at their end, but haven't heard back yet.

I also received a second error message, as follows:
Run-time error 1025.
The rest of the error message was the same as before. I Googled this run-time error, and it means "DLL is not supported." The explanation was: This issue is often caused with a bad installation or an issue caused after another program has been installed that replaced the programs DLL. Close all programs and TSRs and try installing the pr... Read more

A:Word 2003 Doc won't open

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I've got some strange behavior going on with .doc files at the moment. Whenever I try to open a .doc file from Windows Explorer or a desktop shortcut, Word opens with the error message "Word experienced an error trying to open the file. Try these suggestions. * Check the file permissions for the document or drive. *Make sure there is sufficient free memory and disk space. *Open the file with the Text Recovery converter."

After clicking OK, the .doc file then opens in Word, apparently with no problems at all (I can edit, save, etc.). So basically the error message seems to be wrong, since the file does open properly.

I can open .doc files from within Word (File -> Open) with no error message.

The issue is more of an annoyance than anything else (since the file eventually opens up just fine), but I imagine it'll just become more irritating as time goes on. Any suggestions on how to resolve it? I've been poking around in the Folder Options -> File Types in Explorer without a clear sense of purpose.

I'm running MS Word 2003 SP3 on Windows XP Service Pack 3. If you need any further info, please let me know.

Thanks for your help!

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When I open in Word 2003 (Windows XP) a highly formatted document which was created in Word 97 (Windows 98), the formatting is ruined. I was careful to copy all fonts used in the document to the new computer. There seems to be some small difference in the two programs which upsets the formatting. Any ideas other than re-formatting or trying to find a copy of Word 97 for my new computer?

Elizabeth Tilton

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Specifically I cannot open JPG and JPEG attachments inside Outlook 2003 mails WITH MICROSOFT VIEWER. Other viewers do. It appears a Microsoft viewer screen with several square figures as when the images viewing is disabled. When I drag the files to the desk there is no problem. I have re installed and "repaired" Micrsoft Office with no changes at all. I could change to Irfan or any other successful program but I prefer Microsoft Viewer because of its edition facilities. The PC and every other program are functioning pretty well (thanks to the forum guys's advices). This one appeared just today (I have made no changes or cleaning actions). I have viewed and reviewed all settings in both programs and and I do not see anything related with this trouble. Many thanks and friendly regards.

A:Solved: JPEG attachments inside Outlook 2003 do not open

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I use Word 2003 as I don't like Word 2010. Lately when I have tried to open an attached document from an email, Word opens, and its all greyed out. Can you tell me how to fix this please?

It also doesn't work with saved documents. They will open with 2010 if I am given the choice, but I prefer 2003. It has been working fine up till the last two days.

A:Docs won't open in Word 2003

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computer running XP Media Center (Dell Dimension E510)

I have MS Office 2003 installed (Student and Teacher Edition), and it was working fine for months.

recently it started not opening documents. it shows the initial logo, and Windows Task Manager show the process "WINWORD.EXE" running, but the applications tab does not show Word running.

I have tried re-installing the Office package, but still having trouble

suggestions? thanks in advance.

A:Solved: Word 2003 won't open

Try deleting the "" file as below:

Scroll down to "troubleshooting Word" and start at Step 3.

A corrupt "" file will cause the type of issue that you have, reinstalling Word will not "fix" it.

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I'm getting the following error message when I attempt to open RTF files in certain locations on my computer: "Word cannot open the document: user does not have access privileges (location of file)". I found an article on about this error message and how it tends to come up when your anti-virus, especially Norton's, isn't up-to-date. I don't have Norton's on that computer, and the AVG on there is up-to-date as of yesterday. Anyone have any thoughts?

A:Word 2003 cannot open some RTF files

Go to Office Update and search I could have sworn I read this issue in passing.I think an office update fixes it , but don't quote me.

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My problems with Word and Vista, haven't found anything in past posts or elsewhere to help resolve:

I have Vista Premium Home Edition (new laptop, no upgrade). Have Office 2003 Professional installed, am able to open documents in Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, and other Office 2003 programs. However cannot open previously saved Word 2003 documents (get error "cannot find file"), and when attempting to start Word 2003, the system hangs and ultimately closes. I am then able to open Word in Safe Mode but after detecting and repairing, checking to make sure updates are up-to-date (SP3 etc), still no change. I have uninstalled and re-installed Office 2003, and still have same problem: Can't open/use Word 2003 with Vista OS.

This definitely seems like an issue with Word, as the other programs seem to work fine. Any clues?

A:Can't open/use Word 2003 with Vista OS

Hi, welcome to the forums your problem is most likely caused by a corruption of the universal template You will need to go to control panel, folder options, view and put a check in "show hidden files and folders" . Then open explorer and navigate to C:\Users\xxxxx\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates
Where xxxxx represents your user name

Locate Normal.Dot right click and select delete. Make sure word is not open at the time. Restart and open word Windows will create a new Template all should be good.

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I am having an issue. I'm using XP and when I click 'Open' in Word I get an error message reading:

Microsolft Visual Basic: Compile error in hidden module: modShadowMacros

This means nothing to me. Does anyone know how to fix it?

A:Word 2003; Can't access 'Open.' HELP!!

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I'm having a rather perplexing problem.
Lately [perhaps over the past week] I have noticed that if I go into one of my folders and double click on a Word document; the Program opens but the document does not.
If I try to open a document after having openned Word first, everything works fine; I just can't double click on a Word document and have the document open in Word.
I have played around with the file associations but that has made no difference.
I even went to the effort of uninstalling Word and then reinstalling it - the problem remains.
Just to be sure nothing stayed in the Registry from other Office programs, I uninstalled all of Office and reinstalled - the problem still remains.
I can't remember downloading and installing a new program that coincided with this happening so I am not able to pinpoint a culprit clashing program.
Any ideas would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance

A:Word 2003 won't open from explorer

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I have office 2003 on my PC and trying to open a file docx. I beieve there is a compatibilty download to use. How do I do this please so I can open the documents.


A:Open Docx - in Word 2003

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When I try to open Microsoft Office Word 2003 a window pops up that says window installer then it says installing microsoft office word feature. It stops half way and another window pops up that says Installation error file not found. A required installation file SKU112.CAB could not be found. Original installation source required. If you installed Microsoft Office Standard edition 2003 from cd please insert your cd. If you installed Microsoft office standard edition 2003 over your computer network please browse to the installation source on your computer. Also a window popped up that says Microsoft word has not been installed for the current user. Please run setup to install application. I don't have the cd its lost. This just started doing this about a month ago. I can't open any files through microsoft office word or power point. I have windows xp. I don't know hardly anything about computers so I don't know what to do. Any help will be appreciated

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Hi, I think I have a new one for you. I've seen this problem posted on other sites and no solutions ever addressed.

I'm mail merging a a mailing list onto sheets of ten labels, a different number of labels every day, anywhere from 30-200. I've used the wizard any number of times, always with the same result, never with an option or menu that provides a fix:
-- 1st sheet looks okay -- records 1-10 appear
-- 2nd sheet, records 2-11 appear
-- 3rd sheet, records 3-12 appear
-- etc, till there are as many sheets as there are records in the database. So for today's mailing list of 45 records, I had 45 sheets instead of 5.

The first label in my template has a header that says "Research Study" followed by the mail merge fields -- custom arranged, not using Address Block or anything preset. The propogated labels all say "<<Next Record>>" in front of "Research Study". I can provide an example if needed.

It also doesn't allow me to choose the order in which the emails propogate, i.e. I can go across but not down. I've done this many times in older versions of Word without these problems. I've used the Avery system, but I have to go thru the wizard each and every time when all I want to do is make a reusable template to copy and merge new records into each day.

Please help.

A:Labels-Mail Merge,Word 2003 & Excel 2003-labels repeating ad nauseum

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I have been battling with Microsoft Outlook 2003 for a while now.

The Problem:
I have created several macros (they all accomplish the same thing) and every time I make a button for the macro and add it to the toolbar it disappears after an Outlook restart. I originally only had two buttons that i created which actually have stayed like they should. Any new buttons disappear as described above. The macros remain but the buttons disappear!

I have created a few macros to add text into the subject line. This text includes a one time manual entry into the code as well as the macro grabbing the date and putting it into a specific format before adding it to the subject line. The code can be seen below:

Sub XXX()
On Error Resume Next
Set msg = ActiveDocument.MailEnvelope.Item.GetInspector.CurrentItem
Today = Format(Now(), "yymmdd")
If Not msg Is Nothing Then
msg.Subject = "XXX " & Today + " - " + msg.Subject
End If
msg.Subject = Nothing
End Sub

-This is run on MS Outlook 2003 (using MS Word 2003 as the editor, so it is technically a Word macro).
-Windows XP OS

Things I have tried:
I have tried using the /a switch (which sometimes runs a utility I was told)... didn't work.
I have edited didn't work
I have deleted and allowed a new one to be created... didn't work
I have repeated the two above but doing it to
I have played with the code to see if that changed anything... didn't wor... Read more

A:Help with Outlook/Word 2003 Buttons

As stated in your other thread, please consult with your IT department.

Closing thread.

If you start another thread for this issue, your account will be disabled.

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For reasons relating to my work, I use MS Word 2003 on a WinXP machine as the Outlook email editor. Every now and then it appears that Word says that 'address' has been deleted, a check in Outlook finds the address or contact is still there. I am assuming that Word maintains some sort of database/memory of contact addresses over and above Outlook contacts I havent been able to find a fix for this - is there some kind person out there that can resolve this?

Cheers echalky

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When using Outlook 2003, if I have a new message up to write, or a reply, and open Word, the message I am writing is listed as a 2nd window of Microsoft Office. I do not have Word checked as my editor, and it's not an issue of editing. Since Office 2003 is all inclusive, does this mean that whatever I have open in ANY Office application will be grouped in one button on the taskbar? Did this make any sense? Thanks!!

A:Outlook 2003, new msg in Word on taskbar

It didn't make any sense at all. I don't notice any difference about the way that Office 2003 handles the have come from Office 97.

In that case, you're not used to Word having multiple buttons in the taskbar, one for each document. If that's the case, go open Word and go to Tools-Options, View tab, and uncheck Windows in taskbar....or whatever they call it these days.

Outlook also can be set to hide itself on the systray (near your clock) if you minimize it. I didn't like it 'cause I kept opening it from my QuickLaunch and QuickLY found out that I had a dozen instances of Outlook running

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Hi All,

One of my users is having a problem with Outlook. They currently have Word as their e-mail editor (this is a must).

Every time they receive a certain HTML e-mail it will take around 1 minutes 30 seconds to bring up the reply box.

They are using 2003 with SP3.

Any ideas would be gratefully appreciated .

Thanks a lot,

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Word and Outlook both do about the same thing, except word does it immediately and outlook takes a minute. The program will start and a few seconds later my screen goes black and when it comes back my graphics are all kinds of messed up. Everything works right it is just really funny looking, sorta blurry or low color numbers.
I have uninstalled and reinstalled several times, i have downloaded microsoft service pack 2...still no worky!!!
Please help i miss outlook, while i am using express.

A:Word and Outlook 2003 problems

Bump...also to add that i use windows xp pro

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I do apologize in advance, as I did not see a post on here concerning this although there may have been one.

I was wondering if it is possible to use Word 2000 for the default text editor with Outlook 2003. I saw that the boxes were there for Word 2003, however they were "greyed" out.


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I have a Windows 2000 (SP3) computer that had Office 2000 installed on it.
I uninstalled that program and installed Office XP.
Then, a while later, that was uninstalled and Office 2003 was installed.

Now I seem to have 4 problems:

1) The "Outlook" Icon that normally appears when you install Office shows up but not with the "outlook logo" rather with the windows logo that appears when it doesn't understand a file extension. If you click on it, Outlook 2003 does open.

2) While in Outlook, if you try to reply to or create email with the "use Word" checked off, it will tell you that
"Microsoft Word is set to be your e-mail editor. However, Word is unavailable, not listed, or is not the same version as Outlook. The Outlook e-mail editor will be used instead. Can't find this file. Make sure the path and file name are correct."

3) Sometimes when you open Word it just says "installing" and nothing happens. Sometimes it opens.

4) When I try to double click on .doc files they will not open in Word. However, if I have Word open and say FILE>>OPEN and choose the file, they open.


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I have Outlook 2010 but it does not work with my Word 2003. I do not have the spell check as a write and there is no integration with Word 2003. Is there a way in which I can integrate these programs or do I have to buy the Word 2010? I'm absolutely happy with the 2003 version.

A:Outlook 2010 with Word 2003

Just as a starter, here is a comparison of Using Outlook 2010 with or without Word 2010 installed - Outlook - Microsoft Office.

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my pc is really slow when using Outlook 2003, it's always not respond and I have to kill it. than the error message is from Microsoft Visual Basic :Compile Error in hidden module: Autoexec.


szAppName : OUTLOOK.EXE szAppVer : 11.0.5510.0 szModName : hungapp szModVer : offset : 00000000

I'm using Windows XP Home edition version 2002 with ServicePack 2, Microsoft Office 2003 Professional edition, Avast 4, my PC is an HP Pavilion. X86
Do you need more information ?
thanks a lot for your help,

A:my pc is really slow when using Outlook or Word 2003

Hi Vanessa, you have some missing files that enable word to operate correctly.These files could have gone awol many different ways, i suspect an anti-virus has accidently deleted them, or sometimes a computer crash will dump them.There are two easy ways of recovering these files as follows---------

1: click start/run
2: Type in: helpctr.exe

This should open your help centre window which you should maximise

3: Choose tools and then system restore
4: Select restore my computer to an earlier time which will bring up a calender, please note you should select a date that you know your computer was working to your satisfaction.

Now it is important to save this page or cut and paste these instructions as system restore will restart your pc.
System restore IS NOT A RE-INSTALLATION AND WILL NOT ERASE ANY OF YOUR DATA. Any changes made with systm restore are completely reversable.

5: Now click confirm system restore and your pc will will emit a blue screen whilst showing you a progress meter.

6: Welcome back !! Your reading this so all is going to plan. Now you need to open word (or the program with missing files)and do a test run.

If your program is still not responing in the correct manner then you will have to re-install it, you will need the original Microsoft Office disk in order to do this. Re-installing Office will not erase any word or other office based documents.

7:Insert the Office disk and it should autorun, if not then manually open it by clic... Read more

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I am having a issue with a couple of workstations in which if I click on a Word document icon on the desktop, in a email or in Windows Explorer, Word will launch but the document does not open. Once Word is open, I can click Open and navigate to the file and it opens up with no problem.

Both machines are running WinXP SP2. One has Microsoft Office 2003 and the other I just upgraded to Office 2007 basic (it was having the same issue with Office 2003 so I tried to upgrade to see if that would fix it). The one that is running Office 2003 worked fine until I uninstalled and reinstalled Office 2003 to correct a email issue I was having.

I have tried resetting the extensions in Win Explorer to have any .doc file extension open with winword.exe, I have renamed the DATA folder in the Registry, I have tried detect and repair Word from the Help menu in Word, I have tried re-registering Word, I have uninstalled and reinstalled Office....I'm not sure what to do next.

I know at least one of the machines came pre-installed with Office 2007 trial version. I'm not sure about the other one. Could "remnants" of that program be causing issues?

Any thoughts? Let me know. Thank you.

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Hi Gang,

I have a new Vista Premium OS that opens everything fast including Word 2003.
I installed new HP Printer drivers (got on CD from HP) for Vista.
Now Word program and the docs open very slowly, like 2 minutes instead of a few seconds.

So I guessing it has to do with the new printer drivers and something they did to Word or share with Word like fonts?

Do I need to reinstall Word or drivers or correct registry or ?

This is a home system, no server or network so printer is local.

Any thoughts?


A:Word 2003 and docs open slowly

Are the drivers for this printer available on the HP website? If so, try downloading and re-installing them from the website instead.


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and usually when exceedingly long it returns an error.

Sorry, MS isn't very much on error messages.

A:Word 2003 takes too long to open

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When I try to open Microsoft Office Word 2003 a window pops up that says window installer then it says installing microsoft office word feature. It stops half way and another window pops up that says Installation error file not found. A required installation file SKU112.CAB could not be found. Original installation source required. If you installed Microsoft Office Standard edition 2003 from cd please insert your cd. If you installed Microsoft office standard edition 2003 over your computer network please browse to the installation source on your computer. Also a window popped up that says Microsoft word has not been installed for the current user. Please run setup to install application. I don't have the cd its lost. This just started doing this about a month ago. I can't open any files through microsoft office word or power point. I have windows xp. I don't know hardly anything about computers so I don't know what to do. Any help will be appreciated

A:Can't open Microsoft Office Word 2003

duplicated thread - closing this one

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Ive been asked to look at a problem on a friends laptop.

When i try to open Word i get a message saying "windows has detected that you are pressing the CTRL key..." which obviously im not.

Running XP Home. Everything else appears to be working ok, can anyone help please?


A:Solved: Error when trying to open MS Word 2003

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I am having problems starting Word 2003 as it takes almost a minute to start up. Once it is running there are no problems.

Any advice?

A:Word 2003 takes very long to open

When did it start? From the beginning?
Otherwise, try these two articles:

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In windows 7, in my email program, a Word 2003 doc will not open. I must save the file to a folder, and then open it. This is the only type of file for which this occurs. I have gone thru the Default Programs drill and tried all types of options, but with no success.

A:Word 2003 attachment won't open on Windows 7

Just so we are on the same page. You of course do have Word installed on the Win7 machine(?).I believe this might do the trick.Please read the entire page as it has some pre-installation recommendations.The reason you are likely experiencing the problem is MS changed the file format from .doc to .docx.

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I am running windows xp and my Word application takes close to a minute to open up. Once open it works fine, saves quickly. I was advised to change the template to another name....or to delete the file.....I have tried both....the first time after doing so, Word opens in a second....but then there is another created and the next time I try to open it I am back to waiting?? any words of wisdom will be appreciated

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I have a windows vista home basic OS. When I installed MS Office 2003 Pro. my doc files won't open with Word. The blue icon is replaced by a flag type icon. I have tried to change the setting by using WINWORD but it won't work. My office 2000 program worked correctly, but the 2003 doesn't.
Thank you for any help.

A:Solved: Can't open a .doc file with Word 2003!

Rightclick on any Word doc on your system, Properties,
At "Opens With", click "Change", and from the list select Winword, or browse for it on your system!
That in case you didn't already done this!

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I am using a computer in the office. There are two of us that use this computer, myself and my boss. Neither of us are really computer saavy, we understand the basics and thats about it. We only work in the office on rainy days, any other time we are outside. But we have been using Microsoft word 2003 for a few years and have never had a problem loading it until now. It takes up to 5 minutes sometimes to load the program. We are using Windows XP 2002 edition, service pack 3. The computer is a dell Dimension DM051 Intel (R) Pentium (R) D CPU 2.8GHz, 2.79 GHZ, 1.00GB of RAM. All our reports are in Word format and every time we open any report it is taking up to 5 min. to load. Is this a virus, spyware? I dont' think its the computer itself because we've never had a problem with this or any other program before. Any support or suggestions would greatly be appreciated thank you.

A:Microsoft Word 2003 is slow to open

Does this happen with other programs?
How full is the hard drive?

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Hello from first time poster here.

Word 2003 will not open files; I must open Word, then click on file via the Explorer interface, or click on the file and use "Open With" (Word) each time.

I have read many posts regarding Word xx not opening and the fix thing before posting this, and in fact have worked for years fixing other user's problems for a State agency. No joy, here.

Ann Troy's advice is great, and I followed what she said as well as my past experience, with negative results. I have:
1) Renamed all to, restarted the 'puter.
2) Done the Fix/Repair thing with MS Office 2003
3) Removed Word, Reinstalled with MS Office 2003
4) Completely Reinstalled MS Office 2003, then did the thing.
5) Cleaned out all instances of (both user profies and the MS
main template folder), rebooted (as with each operation above) and
then added in an old (previously working) file from an
archived and normally disconnected USB hard drive file.

Other Office apps - PPT, Excel, Access - all work perfectly. I use a standard McAfee Anti-virus application supplied by my ISP (Comcast).

Although I can get Word to work this crippled way, this is what I do for a living and it's killing me in time to have to hunt down each Word file instead of clicking on the shortcuts to just open them in Word.

This occurred overnight - last night. One minute everything worked; then an hour later I returned to the ... Read more

A:Solved: Word 2003 Won't Open - Tried fix

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2046 Mb
Graphics Card: RADEON X300 Series, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 34687 MB, Free - 7141 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0M3918
Antivirus: None

The 2003 word I have is VERY slow when opening and closing text.

A:2003 word slow open & close

Do you have any Word add-ins running currently? They may have bogged down your system a bit. One of the most frequent slow-downs for Word is having a big pile of add-ins attempt to run each time the application opens and then shutting down on close.

Reference to a similar problem (with a recommended method for add-in removal) -

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Well i did a big report on my computer with Word Perfect i couldnt print it so i took to school on my flash drive. IN my first class i edited it on Word 2007 and in the class i could print it they had Word 2003 and i couldnt open my file and now i cant even open it in word perfect. I doubt i can use the laptops for a while anyway i can open this on wordperfect

A:Solved: Word Perfect- Word 2003 - word 2007

If you saved the file in the "new" Word 2007 format (with a file extension of .docx) then you will be unable to open it in the other applications.

For Word 2003 you can install a converter, but I know of no XLM converter for WordPerfect.

When using Word 2007 you need to "save as" Word 97-2003 format to retain backwards compatibility.

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Hi, I have installed Office 2003 on my laptop and defaulted it to English UK Dictionaries. Problem occurs when I am spellchecking an email, it always spellschecks with the US dictionary and there is no UK dictionary in the drop down menu for me to select. I have word as my email editor and have double checked all dictionaries and they all say UK. Anyone with any suggestions?


A:Outlook Word 2003 US Dictionary Error

Hi parabollis,

This may point you in the right direction.

Having set WORD as your email editor in OUTLOOK, it should be using Language and Dictionary settings from WORD.

(For OUTLOOK see Tools / Options / Spelling).

The default dictionary used by WORD is based on your Language setting (Tools / Language e.g. if you specify French then it will be looking for a Dictionary that has French as it's language).
(Don't confuse this with the Custom Dictionary setting).
Also, just because a Dictionary is called something doesn't mean that that is the language used although you'd expect that naming something as US English would mean that.

So, first thing to check is your Language setting a) for WORD and b) against your Dictionaries.


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Heya Guys,

Not sure if this is the right place too ask, but I am all out of options.

I have this problem with Outlook 2003 & text wrapping: When the email is busy being typed, the wrapping works and it flows over to the next line automatically but when the recipient opens the email its just one long line

We use html email formats.. This problem also onle seems to happen sometimes...

If someone can point me in the right direction i would be gratefull


A:Microsoft Outlook 2003 & Word Wrapping

Sheesh, not even a I dont know :|

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hi there:
Where can i find info on the difference bet. Microsoft Outlook 2002 and 2003 and Microsoft Word 2002 and 2003?


A:Microsoft Outlook and Word 2002/2003...

You could try a Google search, Lizzy:,GGLG:2005-32,GGLG:en&start=10&sa=N

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Hey Guys. I am running windows XP Home edition on a Dell Dimension 8300. What note keeping, letter writing, spread sheet ect. program would you suggest I use. I want something simple to use as I am "not great" on a computer yet. Is there a site to down load from and/or get it at a cheep price or even for free?

Also, is there a easy way to have a spell check tab on my Browser or some where to be able to run spell checks where ever and when ever I want?

Thanx so much! Timex

A:Solved: office 95, 97, word 2003, outlook?

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I have just installed Word 2003 and found that I can use it as an email editor. (I use Outlook Express - not Microsoft Outlook - for sending/receiving emails.) When I want to send a Word email, I hit the address book icon and get my Outlook Express addresses - but I can't seem to access them (ie, automatically get an address into the 'send' box.) Anyone got any idea how I can do this - or whether it can be done? (As I said, I don't have Microsoft Outlook and don't particularly want to bother to get it.) Thanks!

A:Word 2003 using Outlook Express addresses

When you click on the e-mail icon and it brings up the heading, just click on the *To* and it will open your addressbook, so that you can pick the address(es) you need. They should then be automatically inserted.

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When I click on my Outlook icon, MS Word suddenly opens also (full screen, in a separate window).

In Outlook, under Tools, Options, Mail Format, I have the option 'use MS office Word 2003 to edit email messages' checked.

This has never happened before today but now it's doing it constantly and it's really getting annoying.

I'm using Win XP Pro, and Office 2003. How can I fix this?

A:Outlook 2003 opens Word automatically

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Can someone tell me what these markings are around the address? I've attached a screenshot of the markings...

This is showing up in Outlook 2003 on a signature with Word 2003 as the default editor. The email is being composed in HTML. The marks don't show up to the person reading the email.

Help! I can't figure out how to get rid of these marks....

Much Thanks!

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Good Morning,

I have an annoying issue with several of my client computers in our Domain.

We use Exchange 2003 + Office 2003 + Windows XP (PRO)

But word is crashing regularly we use it as an email editor for Outlook this is needed for making text bold etc....

After crashing word tries to auto recover all open files and starts with the auto recovery mode.\\

what I have done:
- Have renamed/deleted
- cleaned out the autorecovery folder
- repaired office
- reinstalled office
- disabled outlook (Adobe Pro) plugins in: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\Outlook\Addins\
- disabled outlook antivirus plugin (Panda Antivirus)

all has no succes.

I had all Microsoft Updates installed.

Who can help, I am getting crazy!

A:Solved: Outlook-Word 2003 Issue

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I would like to get my word to integrate with my outlook. I am running server 2003 with outlook 2007. When I click on letters and mailings in word I get the address book. When I click the address book it says ms exchange and then it says ms exchange is unavailable. Retry or work offline. I would just like to be able to insert contact into my envelopes and labels. My outlook is set up with contacts not a global mail list. Any ideas? This should be simple but it seems that nothing with microsoft ever is.
PS It now will show the global address list and it used to have the contacts listed at the bottom and I could click contacts and then use them. I have global address all contacts etc but not outlook - contacts

A:Word 2003 and Outlook 2007 with exchange


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Having an issue with one of my end users (Windows XP SP2, Office 2003 SP2) when he is replying to a certain e-mail account (it is a Yahoo e-mail address). When replying he receives the "Microsoft word is set to be your e-mail editor. However, Word is unavailable, not installed, or is not the same version as Outlook. The Outlook e-mail editor will be used instead." error. At this point he can select OK and reply to teh message. When looking at his Outlook editor settings the "use Microsoft Word 2003" box has been automatically unchecked. He is able to re-check the box and use Word for all other e-mails. Another strange thing is this does not happen on every e-mail from this Yahoo account, only certain ones.

I had one other user in the past with this same issue (except it was a hotmail address he was having issues with) and I ended up building a new machine for him (he had some other problems with his pc as well) and the issue was resolved.

I have read through multiple threads on various sites and no solutions have resolved the issue. A few of the things I have found in various threads that I have tried that have not worked:

Re-registering the ole32.dll file
Creating a new Outlook profile
Running scan.pst on his .pst file
Changing various security settings
Repairing Outlook
Uninstalling and then re-installing Outlook

If anyone has any other ideas please let me know. If I can't find a solution that works I will just re-image another machine ... Read more

A:Outlook 2003 - Word Is Not Installed Error

Same issue. Have to go back to the user to see if it is one email domain that is causing this.

Question: Does your user also find that Word runs with the hourglass popping up *very* frequently?

One idea from another forum: Did you try to confirm in Word that it is set to same compatibility level as outlook (i.e. both 2003)? TOOLS -- OPTIONS -- COMPATIBILITY tab.

One other "idea:" I know my user loves HTML signatures and was getting Active X warnings for a while. Though no change in Active X settings appears to have preceded this user's error, I suspect it may be contributing....

User info
Win XP SP3
Office 2003 SP3

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When I open a .doc file in word 2003 for the first time, the document opens, then is sometimes briefly editable (maybe for 1 or 2 seconds), then word freezes for exactly sixty seconds (regardless of the document size).

Having opened the file in word and re-save it as a .doc file (without making any changes), subsequent reopening the same file happens almost immediately, although the file is now 4kb larger.

I'm pretty sure this started happening shortly after I installed the Microsoft Compatibility pack for Office 2007 to get support for .docx / pptx / .xlsx files.

Any ideas why, is anybody else having this problem? Certainly a couple of my colleagues are having the same issues. Powerpoint and Excel seem to be unaffected.

A:Word 2003 takes sixty seconds to open

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Hi all -- I have read a lot about similar complaints, but the solutions
are not working. I have a new DELL XPS, and installed my copy of office
onto it. Whenever i double click a document (Word/Excel)The program
launches, but the document doesnt load. I HAD Norton A/V on the system
when it was delieverd, but i uninstalled it as soon as I got it. After
reading, I thought maybe the offiveav.dll was still registered from the
old antivirus install, but i cannot find the file when searching in my system,
including hidden files/directories.
So now i have no A/V scan, had AVG, which was requesting a virus scan
of the doc before loading -- I removed it, and the virus scan message
disappeared, but the document still doesnt load.
I reinstalled office and also tried deleting the file and
ran word to create a new one. All have not given me a solution. Also did a repair from the help menu in word without help.
BTW from within Word/Excel i can go to the open menu, and open any file
without difficulty, but I cannot tolerate this problem. Anyone else
with a sililar problem and possibly a solution.
Thanks in advance.

A:Canot open Word / Excel 2003 Files

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I have a laptop with Windows 8 and Word 2003 installed.
When I double-click on a .doc file in File Explorer, a warning window comes up that asks whether or not I will allow a program to make changes to my computer. When I click yes, Word 2003 opens, but the file does not open. There is a warning message that says that there was a problem sending the command to the program.
If I then click file-open, I can go to the file that I was trying to open from File Explorer, and the file will open normally.
How can I fix things so that I can open .doc files from File Explorer?

A:.doc files will not open in Word 2003 from File Explorer

Verify that the file association for .doc uses Word as default.

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Often when I am opening documents in Word 2003, it takes ages for the system to respond 20-60 secs and when it does so it does it in a jerky fashion.
I have recently upped the RAM to 1 gig, so can't belive this is the problem.

Has anyone else had this problem? Can you suggest what to do to do to fix it. it can be very irritating to sit and wait for the system to respond.



A:Word 2003 - very slow to open existing documents

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Could somebody suggest a possible explanation for the Word 2003 print dialog being very slow to open, ie it takes ~40 seconds compared to opening instantly in Excel 2003, Wordpad etc? This happens even when a very small file of a few words is to be printed.

The operating system is Windows XP and the printer involved is a networked Konica Minolta C252, which is also the system default printer.

Best regards,

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Here we are, a year or two now, and noone, especially not microshaft, has
confronted the issue of companies who own licensing prior to thier lameass dotx format,
and there is aparently no way to let the world know.

I'm getting sick of this ****. Engineers, stop being douches and make your **** compatable or
we're all going to go play with sticks and rocks.

I blew the 15 minutes to register here because I'm so sick of dealing with crap like this
and not having any kind of outlet.

If you dont have the latest and lamest Office, YOU CANNOT open a DotX file.
no converters, no compatability packs. Sorry, you will blow an hour on the interwebs
reading crap, getting lost only to realise, that you have to now drop at least 1k to
view that half a page memo from a client.

What angers me is that noone addresses it.
You can't expect a corporation to drop 10k on your crap everytime you decide to change something. The other side of the coin is "well we wanna make moneys", yea well stop being a douche and SERVICE.

A:*.dotx File open in word 2003, STILL not solved.

Hi Crungle,

No comment on your rant!!

Have you tried Docx2Rtf?

Search for and download it, it's not 100% but is free.


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Hello everyone, thanks for viewing.

So I logged onto my laptop to work on my university assignment some more, and poof, it won't open.
I keep getting the same error every time.

I can open the file in WordPad but I just get fifteen pages of ">:?:%<":?&:"
I can open it in OpenOffice but the formatting all changes, headers/footers disappear, images disappear, text boxes containing quotes aren't there.

I copied the Open Office version into a new blank Word page; and filled in the blanks (which took me an hour) but when I saved and opened the file; I got the same error.

Hoping it was me doing something wrong with the way I saved it or the default program to open it, I repeated the process taking up another hour; but I'd done it right, and got the same error code.

The default program to open it is Office 2003, the same format I made/saved the replacement file in.
It makes no sense to me. Also, why now? What changed? It was working fine yesterday.
Not done any downloads or scans so I don't know what the changed factor is.

Please can anyone help me, these assignments are dawning upon me and I need to get my finishing touches done before I can submit them, I also don't want to risk submitting a faulty file.

Thank you so much!

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Hello, I have Office 2003, everything works fine until the moment when I go to the web, then in Word 2003 can not load table inside the data transferred only text or numbers, and tables are not in themselves.
for example: a document with a table inside, which is filled with some data if I want to copy this table and add to the same document or a new document be transferred only text, no tables. But things have to be well until the moment comes to the Internet, such as I turned on her computer and does not bind to the internet everything works fine in Word 2003 and copies of all data and loads the tables, but only to a web wxplorer, just a normal word I can not load data. If Restart kompiureti and not connect to the Internet, then Word is running perfectly.

A:I cant paste on word 2003 then open the internet explorer

don't mean to sound rude, but I haven't the foggiest idea of what you are talking about. Internet and Word are two separate apps. Are you copying from the internet into MS Word?

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For the past few weeks I have been running into a problem with Microsoft Office 2003 on Windows XP Home..which is that everytime I open word, excel or any of the office application the reinstall winodw appears on the User Information screen with the option to enter user name, initials, organization, and the key section with all info listed there. When I click on the OK button the reinstall options appears than disappears.

The crazy thing is that the problem goes away when I restarted my laptop and than a few days later it appears again.


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Hello, I have Windows XP purchased in 2005, and came with Microsoft Office.

I was using Microsoft word early this morning and something happened and now it won't open.

Of all my desktop icons, everything has color except the Microsoft is WHITE, which I suspected right away had been compromised.

I don't have any Microsoft word software, it came with my computer.

Help, can I get it back? I need to write some letters.

Thank you.

A:Solved: Microsoft Office Word 2003 is gone and won't open

This link should prove useful often the installation files are left on the computer under c:\msocache however the above links gives the easy way to repair the installation.

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I have a large word document that requires that I open it using the Open & Repair option every time I open it. It will then open correctly and I can save it normally; however, the same thing occurs each time I open it. I could open it in Word 2007 and save it in 97-2003 version format and then get it to open in 2003 successfully. Thoughts? I think I am ok, but would love to know if anyone knows why the issue isn't resolved after it is repaired and saved.


A:Word 2003 - File Open & Repair Issue

How large is "large", in terms of file size?

If it is too large for 2003, it likely gets corrupted.

I always break "large" word files into sevaral smaller files to avoid corruption.

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After much troubleshooting, I have come to the conclusion that Outlook 2003 is corrupting .pdf files, jpegs, and Word 2003 documents. The problem is intermittent, i.e. I scan several pages into a .pdf file using our office MFP and email them to myself... Some of the pages I can open, and some give me the error 'not enough data for an image' when I open them with Acrobat Reader. This is a brand new computer... I never had this problem on my old one.

As for Word documents, same issue... Some file attachments I receive thru Outlook 2003 will open fine, others give me the damaged file error message, yet the same files when placed on our network file server I can open without any problems.

Jpegs : Same thing, some open in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer without issue, and some open with the message 'Drawing Failed'

I am running Windows XP SP2, all updates and patches installed, Installed Office 2003 SP2 (after MAJOR hassles with Office Update I might add) , and all other critical updates for Office 2003 are installed.

My computer Configuration :
AMD Athlon64 X2 DualCore 4600 2.4GHz
1 GB 400MHz PC3200 CL2 RAM
Dual 250 GB HD (with RAID)
Nvidia GeForce 6800XT 128MB PCI Video

One other thing, the Office 2003 was an upgrade from Office 2000.... don't know if that makes a difference or not but thought I'd mention it.

Thanks for any help you may be able to provide

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When composing an email in in Outlook 2003 Word Wrap does not work, you have to hit the return key to move down a line. Is there a way to froce this to work. Message format is HTML

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Whenever I try to reply or write a new mail in Outlook express, MS Word is not opening as editor. It happens only when I use my signature for all new / replies. If I un-check signature option, Word is opening as editor. Else, automatically "use word as editor" option gets unchecks.. anybody can solve this?



A:Solved: Outlook - MS Word 2003 is not working as editor

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What I did wrong: I couldn't get the Word 2003 to install a clean, so after trying to trick it into making a new clean template, I used the repair option on the menu inside Word.

It went through its thing, asked for the original disk to find a file and said it was complete. (Only weird thing was I asked for all defaults, not to save customization, but it did anyway.) Now my is fine.

It also completely wiped out my email--all records, plane and motel reservations, doctor communications, calendar, contacts--the works. WHY? Since when did Word control Outlook?

I haven't exported for many months so I have no recent backup, but I know somewhere on the hard drive the files must exist. At least I hope they do. I used to teach Outlook--but 2003 is a puzzle to me.

How do I get all my data back? I am using HTTP email--MSN DSL and mail is taken off the web when it is delivered to me, so no backups there.

Help! Libby

A:Help! lost email in Outlook 2003--I just repaired Word

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