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    Word Templates, decimal point & number lock

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    I have a word document template (which I inherited from someone else) that is a number of little boxes in which I type numbers and letters to create call numbers for book labels. When I am in the template, if I want to type a "." using the number pad I have to hit it twice. If I only push it once I get nothing. The rest of the number pad works okay and the period on the regular keyboard works okay, it is only the decimal point on the number pad that does this and it seems to do this with any font I use, and only in the template document, not it regular documents. I have both caps and number lock on at the time.

    Does anyone out there know how I can get the decimal point to type the first time I push it?

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    Re: Word Templates, decimal point & number lock

    Are you dealing with a form field, table cell or text box?

    Is it possible that the dot is being added to the left or right of the cell and only scroll into view after you add more? Check the paragraph indents for this.

    It is almost impossible to work out what someone may have done so can you post the template here for me to have a look.
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    Re: Word Templates, decimal point & number lock

    I think it is just a text box, but I don't actually know. I am (hopefully) attaching the file so you can see it; this is the original blank file that I fill in. If you want a partially filled one I can send that too.

    It is not simply scrolling off the right. If I continue typing the info shows up, and it just skips the decimal point. It's highly annoying!

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    Re: Word Templates, decimal point & number lock

    okay, once more I will try attaching the file -- if it doesn't work this time, I need someone to walk me thru how to attach a file....[img]/w3timages/icons/crazy.gif[/img]
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    Re: Word Templates, decimal point & number lock

    The file attached fine.

    The boxes are cells in a table.

    and (of no help to you) it works fine for me.

    What about restarting Word? And restarting the computer?
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    Re: Word Templates, decimal point & number lock

    [img]/w3timages/icons/frown.gif[/img] I'm with Geoff, I can't see anything especially wrong with the file (yep they are table cells) and I can't figure out what is happening on your machine.

    Do you get the same behaviour in other documents in Word? What about in other applications? Is it possible that you have a keyboard command attached to that key?
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    Re: Word Templates, decimal point & number lock

    It's not a restart type problem, as it has been consistent any time I used the form over the last umpteen months.

    It isn't anything I have attached as a keyboard command, but that doesn't mean someone else hasn't who used the computer before I started here. How do I check this?

    For what it is worth I have a Gateway E-4200 with a Gateway 2000 keyboard. Could it be a hardware thing?

    Could it be something set in the default for the table or cell? How do I check that? (Microsoft help seems to have an aversion to calling anything "default.")

    Since it works fine on your systems it must come from somewhere outside that particular document. I just checked Word and indeed it happens in a regular word document also, not just in the template. Ack!

    I don't get it in Outlook, Access, or in our DOS-based online catalog, and any other programs I use so seldom I really don't know. (I only just now found out that it does it in all Word, not just this particular form, by trying it.)

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    Re: Word Templates, decimal point & number lock

    Well that has removed your template supplier from blame.

    I don't know how, but one of your add-ins or Normal.dot itself is probably to blame. Try this...

    Exit Word and find the file on your hard disk called Normal.dot and rename it to something else (Normal.old or OldNormal.dot will do). Now open Word and turn off your add-ins (In Word 97 this is "Tools|Templates and Add Ins") Untick anything in the global section.
    Now try the point key. Does it work properly now?
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    Re: Word Templates, decimal point & number lock

    Nope, did what was recommended and it still is giving me the decimal point only after it's pushed twice....

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    Re: Word Templates, decimal point & number lock

    Hmmm. You could try starting Word from the command line just to be sure:
    Start/Run & type winword.exe /a

    I wonder if it could be the keyboard or a driver...

    Does it only happen in a table cell, or whenever you press the period?

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    Re: Word Templates, decimal point & number lock

    You may want to check with Gateway. Their keyboards are highly programmable.

    Since the period key on the numeric keypad also substiutes as a delete key (on my keyboard) when the numeric keypad is off, someone may have decided to do this as a protection. Which makes me think of something else it could be... The first time you press the key, is there a message in the status line something like: "Delete Block? [Y/N]" If so, someone turned on WordPerfect Compatibility options.
    Tools | Options | General (tab)
    Uncheck both boxes having to do with Word Perfect.

    Hope this helps.
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    Re: Word Templates, decimal point & number lock

    [img]/w3timages/icons/laugh.gif[/img]The WordPerfect options fixed it! -- I think I may have turned them on myself, as when I started with this computer I was far more familiar with WP than with Word.

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    Re: Word Templates, decimal point & number lock

    Oops -- spoke to soon.... If it is the first thing I type in a cell, I get the decimal point on the first linte, but if I type anything ahead of it, I don't get it until the second push. It beeps on the first if that is any help.

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    Re: Word Templates, decimal point & number lock

    Rhiannon,

    Did you uncheck both options?
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    Re: Word Templates, decimal point & number lock

    This has happened now a couple of times to me. I downloaded the attachment (couldn't do it by double-clicking either). However, when I try to open it, it says the document path is not valid. Can't figure out what's causing it.

    Any idea?

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