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    File names of more than one word (Word2000 9.0.3821 SR1/Win95A)

    If I give a file a name that contains a space "This File", Word 2000 will open it from Word 2000, but if I find the file with the Windows Explorer then click on it, I get a "The document or path is not valid. Try these suggestions...etc" dialog and the file will be identified as "[whatever drive and folder]This.doc", i.e. under the first name in the file name. If I called the file "ThisFile" (or a longer file name, it's the space not exceeding the old 8.3 limit), no problem.

    What do I need to reset?

    Will Williams

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    Re: File names of more than one word (Word2000 9.0.3821 SR1/Win95A)

    Does Q139849 help?

    StuartR

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    Re: File names of more than one word (Word2000 9.0.3821 SR1/Win95A)

    Right on the button. Thanks a lot!

    Will Williams

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    Re: File names of more than one word (Word2000 9.0.3821 SR1/Win95A)

    Stuart,

    I had this same problem last year with Excel (and this year with a Word doc that had a space in its name too). I tried using the KB article you referred to and that fixed the problem.

    I had posted this on the Win98 Lounge and fortunately one of the well-known Excel Loungers was watching and provided an answer. The answer there was dependent on whether I used DDE (in the same dialog as where the Program To Perform This Action expression is):
    - if DDE box checked, your Program To Perform This Action should NOT have the %1 at the end of the string and your DDE should have
    [open("%1")]
    - if DDE box not checked, then have the %1 at the end of the string

    Do you know the difference between these 2 approaches? As it turns out, I tried the first approach on my Excel file (and Word file) and it did not work. Based on your KB reference, I unchecked DDE and added the %1. Now things hum along as they should.

    However, if you have a %1 for the Program To Perform This Action AND DDE is checked, then you'll get the error messages but the file will then open.

    Thanks.

    Fred

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    Re: File names of more than one word (Word2000 9.0.3821 SR1/Win95A)

    Hi Fred:
    This is one of the topics that always interested me, but not enough to learn about. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    From what I've read, Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) lets you pass a message to any application that uses macro language to alter its behavior. For Word, It's used mainly to allow Word to open a document that has an extension other than .doc without opening another instance of Word.

    On my copy of Word 2000, I find no difference in behavior whether I have the path to Winword followed by:
    /n
    /n "%1"
    "@1"

    I get the same results for all of them. I can only mulitiple files at a time from either inside Word or from Explorer. However, if I select two shortcuts & try to open both, only one opens. That's when I decided <img src=/S/igiveup.gif border=0 alt=igiveup width=31 height=23> <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>.

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