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Details on saved Word docs opening up blank

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  1. jrs18

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    I've done some experimenting in hopes of finding someone who can figure out what to do about this. Here are the details:

    My saved Word docs are opening up as blanks. I compared the properties of documents in which the text was saved vs documents which had been saved but opened up as blank pages. Here are the details:

    1. In file-properties-type:
    Docs with text are “Microsoft Word 97–2003 Document”
    Docs that open up empty are “Plain Text Document – Western European (Windows)”

    2. I created a test document. Properties-type: “Microsoft Word Document”, 0 bytes.

    3. When I tried to delete it I got this error message: “The action can’t be completed because the file is open in Microsoft Office Word”. This is just what happened before, The only way I could move or delete a doc was by re-booting and then it became a plain text document and opened up blank.

    4. When i added text and tried to save the doc, error messages about changing the global template came up.

    5. I clicked yes to change the global template thinking that this might solve the problem and my test docs converted to plain text and are blank pages.

    6. When I put text onto the blank docs and try to save it the error message is: "Problem with Word.doc may contain features that are not compatible with Plain Text format. Do you want to save the document in this format?" When i click NO to preserve formatting and save in Word. I have to save the doc again and it is then saved as “Microsoft Word 97–2003 Document” and can be moved, deleted, etc.

    7. Documents that i start now are “Microsoft Word 97–2003 Document”, however, i am afraid to shut down my computer as i will lose the ones that have not been converted and i don't know if Word will be corrected when i re-boot. I added text to a document that had been saved and that was already in “Microsoft Word 97–2003 Document”. It had to be recovered and saved again.

    8. My conclusion is that i will not be able to retrieve the docs that are already blanks but, perhaps, having changed the global template, it is possible that the problem is solved. I would very much appreciate expert advise.
     
  2. The Villan

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    Which version of Word are you using to begin with?
     
  3. The Villan

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    Oh and why have you started another thread on the same subject. That is not allowed and causes confusion for people working on your issues.

    Stick to one thread.
     
  4. jrs18

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    Office 2003
     
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    Sorry, I'm new at this. I thought the details, which have possibilities of a solution, would get more visibility as a separate entry. Won't do it again.
     
  6. The Villan

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    All you need to dois refresh this thread.

    When you save your document as Save As... , what is the file type?

    In tool Options, what is the default file type for saving?

    If you save a word file as a plain text document, you lose all formatting, pictures and objects.
     
  7. jrs18

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    The file type is Word Document. That is also the default in Options. I did not know that i was saving the file as a plain text doc. i assumed that it was the same as any doc i had saved before, namely, .doc. In any case, i lost not only the formatting, etc. but the text as well for (now) 5 docs.

    Please do not close this thread. I sometimes cannot respond immediately but i will get back to this as soon as i can.
     
  8. The Villan

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    Try the following

    Open one of the documents that doesn't appear to have any text in it.

    Do a select all (Ctrl +A) If there is anything in the document it will be selected.

    Click on the Colour button on teh toolbar and select Black.

    Can you see any text?
     
  9. jrs18

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    Great idea but, unfortunately, no cigar! i.e. still blank.
     
  10. The Villan

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    I have seen that happen before, where the text is white on a white background :)

    Do you have automatic backup on?

    Might be worth trying this info http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316951 just in case you do have a prevoius version somewhere

    Following on from that, one thing I have managed to find that might help in a way, is the following link.

    http://www.askdavetaylor.com/can_i_recover_lost_text_from_a_microsoft_word_document.html

    Might be worth looking at.

    See how you get on, and I will have a pint and cross me fingers and legs :)
     
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