I found that certain Word documents which contain upwards of 20 or 30 small tables (2 or 3 rows, 4 or 5 columns, apiece), work fine as long as a user is working withing the document originally in Word 2007, but after saving as a DOC and re-opening, the user is prompted to do an "Open and Repair" and there is frequent corruption around a table within the document. Usually there are missing end-of-cell or end-of-table markers (according to the Repair message box).
We are using the DOC format instead of DOCX.
Is something known to be systematically worse about Word 2007 saving to DOC format instead of DOCX?
All of the PCs in my firm are configured with Windows XP SP3, and Office 2007 SP2. For reasons of compatibility with other systems, we work with the following two Registry values set:
DefaultFormat REG_SZ "doc"
CompatMode REG_DWORD 00000001
These cause MS Word 2007 to be in a 2003 "compatibility mode" and to save files in a DOC format by default.
Anyhow upon reopening a DOC document, the message from Word saying I need to do an 'Open and Repair' is happening a lot. Something like 50% of the time (for documents containing 20 to 30 tables).
I recall that with MS Excel 2007 there was an issue saving to the XLS format and seeing all cells turn to #VALUE and a message appearing saying "File error: data may have been lost." This only occured with Excel 2007 saving as XLS and inconsistently. I wonder if this is a parallel case with Word 2007 not creating fully correct DOC files.