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    Viewing XP documents in Word 2K (XP/W2K)

    Hi,

    Our organisation is having some problems viewing documents created in Word XP, and viewed under W2K. The main issue appears to be that tracked changes are visible in W2K, where they are not switched on by default in XP.

    I have had no hands-on with this issue (yet).

    But are there any issues people have come across? Is there an XP filter which needs to be applied to documents viewed under W2K?

    What makes thisd a little more complex is that the documents are opened by VB controlling Word; having the documents saved as RTF; and viewing the doc via a Rich Text Box control.
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    Re: Viewing XP documents in Word 2K (XP/W2K)

    Yes, there are some uglies with the "Track Changes" features - take a look at this WOW Article
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    Re: Viewing XP documents in Word 2K (XP/W2K)

    Wendell,

    That's a start. But not a lot of info there to really deal with the problem.

    Has anyone had any experience with this? Or found a workaround?
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    Re: Viewing XP documents in Word 2K (XP/W2K)

    I've had another issue here. A Word file which has hidden text, and saved under Word XP, has the hidden text viewable under Word 2000.

    We have used hidden text extensively- to give instructions to the user.

    For us, this is a MAJOR security hole. These files are sent out to customers. Instructions from us to the person filling out the form should NOT be visible to the recipient.

    Has anyone else dealt with this?

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    Re: Viewing XP documents in Word 2K (XP/W2K)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Phil Rabichow on 21-Oct-02 13:01. After I posted this, I looked at the "poster". I must have misunderstood your question, as you surely know this.)</P>Hi Geoff:
    The option to view hidden text is not a property of the document. It is an option that is contained in the registry. Whether it's visible or not should not depend on the version of Word. Under Tools/Options/View tab, if either hidden text or show all is selected, the text will be visible.

    One thing you can do is create an AutoOpen macro that is attached to the document:
    <pre>Sub AutoOpen
    With ActiveWindow
    With .View
    .ShowHiddenText = False
    .ShowAll = False
    End With
    End With
    End Sub</pre>

    Of course, anyone knowledgeable with Word could simply turn on view hidden text.

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    Re: Viewing XP documents in Word 2K (XP/W2K)

    Phil,

    I haven't been able to double check this myself, as I don't have access to Office XP.

    But the person who does have access, has a document with text formatted as red and hidden (the red highlights to the user much better that it is hidden- the default MS screen display of hidden text is not obvious enough to many users).

    He saved the document, and emailed it to me.

    The text is red, but it is not formatted as hidden. And no options to view or print hidden text make any difference.
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    Re: Viewing XP documents in Word 2K (XP/W2K)

    Hi Geoff:
    Hmmm. I don't have access to Word 2002 either. I know that Woody had a whole bunch of articles on track changes in Word 2002. I did a search (but I don't know how to save the results <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>). In WOW #7.19, Woody mentions that in Word 2002, you can format deleted text as hidden. I'm trying to come up with a scenerio that might make sense. Do you think that the user did this, & then rejected the change before it was sent to you?

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    Re: Viewing XP documents in Word 2K (XP/W2K)

    OK, it was user error. Sorry to waste your time Phil, thanks for the help.

    Replace user and run again.
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    Re: Viewing XP documents in Word 2K (XP/W2K)

    No problem. That's how I learn things. Glad it turned out OK.

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