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6. Housekeeping > 51. Troubleshoot Common Word Problems

Troubleshoot Common Word Problems

This hack offers a systematic approach to fixing common frustrations.

You can solve a number of common Word problems using the same systematic approach. Typical symptoms include:

  • Missing toolbars

  • Word crashes repeatedly

  • Word freezes right after opening

  • Any strange Word behavior unrelated to a particular document

There are three likely culprits: your Normal template, an add-in, or a corrupt data key in your registry. Additionally, extraneous temporary files can contribute to the problems.

Tip

If you run Word 2002 or 2003, Microsoft offers troubleshooting templates for automating most of this process. You can find these templates at:


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