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    equation editor problem (word 97)

    I'm working on a largish (7MB) Word file, with lots of graphics and equation editor objects. Lately, I've been editing, correcting and adding Equation Editor objects and that's when the trouble has started. After a while, the EE objects aren't displaying. Instead, an empy box appears that can't be edited and nothing prints either. After saving at this point and re-opening, all the EE objects had disappeared.
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    Re: equation editor problem (word 97)

    Michael, the problem isn't necessarily related to what you're inserting, but how much you're inserting. Word isn't well-equipped to handle large numbers of objects, and this particular quirk of Word's is magnified as system resources dwindle.

    Unfortunately I can't offer you any help as far as recovering your existing document, but I do have a few suggestions to keep it from happening in the future (or at least to minimize its effects):

    1. Save often, but do it manually. Ctrl+S is a quick & easy way to save the document.

    2. Make sure "Allow fast saves" is unchecked. (Tools/Options/Save)

    3. Create a shortcut in your Start/Programs/Startup folder that points to the Resource Meter. The Resource Meter is located in your Windows folder and is titled rsrcmtr.exe. When running, the Resource Meter will live in the System Tray at the lower right of your screen, and will give you a graphic picture of your current system resources. If it ever gets down into the red, save your document, close everything, and re-boot.

    Hope this has been helpful.

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    Re: equation editor problem (word 97)

    Thanks Bob, I'd sort of got around to this conclusion myself. I've been saving more often, clearing the undo stack etc - and looking for the best way to split up the document.

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