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    Turning off options

    Even though I unchecked Click and Type, and deselected the View Ruler option, both of these features reappear everytime I open Word after my machine has been shut down. Is there a way to turn off these features permanently? Thanks.
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    Re: Turning off options

    Hi,

    Try opening your Normal.dot template, change the settings from there, save and close.
    Doing this should help them 'stick'.

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    Re: Turning off options

    I don't know whether this is the situation here.

    On our site, there's certain options which are set by the LAN administrator. Those options are set at bootup time. The user can change them, and they will "stick" for the session- but at the next reboot, they're reset again.
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    Re: Turning off options

    To make the change you request, follow these steps.

    1. Start Word with a blank document.
    2. Set the View the way you wish it to appear (Click View/Ruler to turn off the ruler if it is on.)
    3. Exit from Word.
    4. The next time you start Word, it should start with the ruler turned off.

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    Re: Turning off options

    Thanks, Joe. I did that and it did not work. I also reset everything in Normal.dot, and that did not work, either. The settings come back after I open Word after a shut down. The settings do remain as I made them if I close and reopen Word without shutting down my machine. But, if I shut it down, theRruler and Click and Type reappear in my Normal.dot and in every document.
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    Re: Turning off options

    Please don't be offended but could you have more than one normal.dot and be editing the wrong one? Multiple normal.dot files caused me a problem once - I couldn't understand why the default document kept opening with a different font to the one I'd set in 'normal.dot'. I found the one I needed to edit by opening Word and then doing a file search for "*normal.dot" (Without the quotes). This isolated the right normal.dot because it's identified with a tilde character (~) at the beginning when Word is open. This was the one I had to edit. (Sorry for the crude process - there must be lots of better ways of finding it).
    Just a thought.
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    Re: Turning off options

    Jimmy,

    Are you operating on a network? It's always possible that the LAN administrator is giving you a new normal.dot on bootup. Or it's possible some other process is zapping it.

    Go into Word, make your changes, and close Word. Find your normal.dot, and take not of the time/date stamp. Then reboot and check the time/date stamp again. Did they change?

    If it did, does your new normal.dot have macros or other settings customised for you? Or do you have any software which uses Word which might be zapping you? Are thre any templates in your Word startup path?

    Just a few areas to investigate.
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    Re: Turning off options

    Thanks, everyone. I'm on a LAN, but Word is run entirely from my local drive. Normal.dot is loaded from my local drive. It's in App.Data/Microsoft/Templates. I had only one such file. If there's any other software using Word, I'm not aware of it.
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    Re: Turning off options

    Jimmy,

    What about that time/date stamp? That's a vital clue?

    Also, have a look in the startup directory- you can find where that is from Tools, Options, File Locations- the Startup line.
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    Re: Turning off options

    Jimmy,
    even if you are running Word from your local drive the network login/scripting routine might still be zapping your normal.

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    Re: Turning off options

    Thanks. The time stamp of my Normal.dot does not change when I start my machine, so it is not changed by my login. There's nothing in the login that should affect Word. This didn't happen with Word 97, but only began when we installed 2000. There's nothing in my Startup group that's changed, nor in the Run key in my registry. Yet, it seems that something happens when I start my machine, so I may try eliminating everything, one by one, to see what's up.
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    Re: Turning off options

    Have you talked to your LAN IT support people about this?

    They should be able to tell you what is being done at startup of the computer. Can you go to another computer and login, using the same user name and password, do you get the same problem?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Turning off options

    Do you have any add-ins enabled? Check Tools|Templates and Add-Ins and see if there are any global add-ins running.
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    Re: Turning off options

    Others have metioned LAN and login scripts, but don't forget to ask your LAN adminstrator if your company users System Policies. If enabled, the registry settings for Word/Office on your PC may be modified every time you log in.

    If that's not it, you might want to do a Hive-Key-ectomy. It is possible that your registry key for Word settings is busted. By removing the following keys you reset Word to default settings and default toolbars:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice8.0WordDat a, Settings

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice8.0WordDat a, Toolbars

    Any prior advice I have received indicates delete them both, but you may find that for your situation, just the Data key is sufficient.
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    Re: Turning off options

    Thanks, everyone. I found the problem. It's Adobe Photdeluxe. When I removed it, the problem disappeared. I had noticed that Adobe had integrated itself into Word. I want to use that application, so I'll reinstall it and see whether there's a way to keep it out of my Word.
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