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Solved: Reopen WORD file, get gibberish/nonsense

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by perstare, Oct 28, 2008.

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  1. perstare

    perstare Thread Starter

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    XP Pro Word 2000 (9.0.6926 SP 3)

    Just this morning, I opened several Word files (.doc) and instead of the text that I had saved, I got this:


    :XÏ:‰'ÝÍN%Z {B
    e¹/:êk&3``2
    #&Ó©6?e!ZZ
    o&Œ1&øY|3¾ûÁ`Í'^À@bG
    O¤vÉ(±*°MA2n‰SCohYÅB›Xt‚ÂÊ

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    Microsoft Word 9.0

    Who out there can tell me why this is happening? It might be important that the only out of the ordinary thing I've been doing with Word lately is trying to solve a file conversion from ,wdb to ,doc. (I have other posts on this board dealing with that.) ...but it is possible that I've unknowingly TAMPERED with some part of Word that is responsible?
    Thank you.
    Mike B
     
  2. JosephTCSS

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    Well a works database file to a word document never seems to convert properly because alot of the database information and coding gets lost in translation so to speak.

    What appears to have happend is the way Word deals with the IPA characters. Try to adjust word back to the way you have it before.
     
  3. perstare

    perstare Thread Starter

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    JosephTCSS Thank you for your reply. Your answer pointed the way. My error was in the box called "Files of Type..." when I opened the file. I forgot to put it back as it was, so that .doc files and only .doc files would be opened.
    The problem is cured and I thank you.
    BTW My wife and I BOTH enjoyed your "Call me Charles Babbage" description. I laughed out loud at it and my wife came over (from her own computer) and saw what I was laughing at.
    LOL!
    Mike B
    I'm still smiling.........
     
  4. JosephTCSS

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    Glad I could help.... Also excited I got someone to smile.... I always liked the fact those things are contagious.

    :)
     
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