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    Winword.box (Word 2000 SR1)

    Does anyone know anything about the winword.box file? A co-worker of mine thinks that it is a virus, but I have found no information to confirm that. In fact the small amount of info I have found points that it is a file that microsoft creates in relation to the control toolbox. My co-worker has been solving various problems with Word by deleting the file from users local profile directories, but I would like to know why this works. I cannot figure out what the files is, and why not everyone has it, any why deleting it could solve any problems.

    Any and all information is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    Re: Winword.box (Word 2000 SR1)

    I found the winword.box file on my C Drive in the Form folder under Applications Data Microsoft. Since I also have this file, I don't believe it to be a virus. From what I was able to learn on the internet, typically, a .box file is associated with Lotus Notes MailBOX. Maybe Microsoft uses it for mail purposes as well.

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    Re: Winword.box (Word 2000 SR1)

    Files such as Winword.box and Excel.box are associated with the Control Toolbox you see when you are designing a UserForm in the Visual Basic editor. The files contain information about the layout of the Control Toolbox (additional tab pages, controls that have been added or removed, custom icons, ...) If a user has never modified the Control Toolbox in any way, there will probably be no .box file. By deleting a .box file, you will restore the Control Toolbox to its default (factory preset) configuration - this is the only way to do that. Sometimes, the .box file becomes corrupted and must be deleted. There are no negative side effects to deleting it.

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    Re: Winword.box (Word 2000 SR1)

    Hans - thanks for setting me straight and providing good information. Hope Girl Friday reads your post as it appears to provide the precise answer she's looking for.

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    Re: Winword.box (Word 2000 SR1)

    Hans,
    Thank you very much. Your description confirms what I thought. However, you mentioned that it can sometimes become corrupt. Do you know what problems may be associated with a corrupt .box file? In other words, what are the symptoms of a corrupt file. What can be solved by deleting it.

    I greatly appreciate all of your help.

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    Re: Winword.box (Word 2000 SR1)

    Girl Friday,

    Problems associated with .box files would probably cause the Control Toolbox to be displayed incorrectly, or not at all. I don't think it would have deeper consequences, but I'm not an expert on that. Apart from that, deleting the .box file seems to be the only way to reset the Control Toolbox to its original state. There is no built-in reset command like the one for toolbars in Word, Excel etc.

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    Re: Winword.box (Word 2000 SR1)

    Thanks. I appreciate the help.

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