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    pbeckman
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    Finding files

    Hello, everyone! My name is Paula and I'm new to the forum, so if I sound like an idiot, I apologize in advance. My problem is this - whenever I try to find a file in Word (2000 on 98 SP-1) by going to Open>Tools>Find the program just grinds away and eventually stops responding. I usually don't wait all that long since this is occurs so often. I usually Ctrl-Alt-Del and End Task to get out of it. I tried Detect and Repair, but that didn't help. I'm sure there's something that I'm missing, but I have no idea what it is. I hope you can help me on this one. My frustation level is slowly rising. Thanks! (Your postings make me realize just how little I know about Word - the macros [EEK!] make my head hurt. But it's still interesting to see what difficulties others have. Makes you feel not so alone!)

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    Re: Finding files

    Are you limiting your search to the absolute minimum to start with?
    The default option is to check all 'Word' files which (apparently) now include *.doc, *.dot, *.htm,*.html, *.url,*.rtf - limit that to only *.doc if that's what you want.
    Then limit the date span, etc. etc.
    I find the less searching through obviously wrong files is extremely time wasting.

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    The only thing I haven't tried is limiting the extensions. I've set multiple search criteria and still can't get it to function right. I don't think about extensions because I don't have the wide a variety in my folders. But I'll try that next time. Thanks for leading the blind to the light.

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    Re: Finding files

    Couple more questions:
    Are you working completely locally, or are you on a network?
    Are you mapped to any drives that are not on your machine?

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    Re: Finding files

    Hi Paula:

    For what it's worth, I can't stand the search for files feature in Word. The best thing to do IMHO is:
    1. Make sure you organize your files in subfolders within the My Documents folder (or whatever your default folder is).

    2. Use the Windows search for files - much faster. Just click the taskbar & press F3. You can create saved search criteria & keep them in a folder on the desktop. e.g. all doc files, all xls charts, etc.

    3. Or get a utility like Wilbur at

    http://wilbur.redtree.com/

    Hope this helps.

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