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    Desparate !! - Work needs to be in by 2pm (A2000)

    My Daughter has a situation with a word file.
    She has copied her University essay onto a floppy 3.5 and now cannot open it to print it.

    She can see the doc file on the floppy and when double clicks it, the following error statement pops up.

    She needs to have this work handed in by 2pm today.

    Does any-one have a solution ???

    The Doc.name or path is not valid.Try-Check file permissions for doc.or drive.use file open box to locate doc.A:EN 1020 Novel.doc

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    Re: Desparate !! - Work needs to be in by 2pm (A2000)

    Dave,

    It is never a good idea to open a Word document on a floppy disk directly.
    What happens if she copies the file from the floppy disk to a folder on the hard disk and opens the copy?
    If double clicking the copy doesn't work, she can try opening it from Word (File/Open...)
    If that doesn't work, she can try the "Retrieve text from any file" option in the file type dropdown list

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    Re: Desparate !! - Work needs to be in by 2pm (A2000)

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    Re: Desparate !! - Work needs to be in by 2pm (A2000)

    Not opening "a Word document on a floppy disk directly" caught my attention. Is there any particular reason why? For years many of my students open the essay files on their floppys directly (I do, however, as a matter of routine tell them to open Word first), but I don't recall any problems in their doing so. The problems that do appear are related to damaged floppys, not saving properly, and so forth.

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    Re: Desparate !! - Work needs to be in by 2pm (A2000)

    Well, in fact, it is not so much opening a document on a floppy disk that causes problems, as saving it after editing it. When you save a document, Word saves the new version to a temporary file first in the same folder as the original document, then deletes the original, and finally renames the temporary file. Because of the limited space on a diskette, this is a recipe for corruption. See for instance <A target="_blank" HREF="http://www.mvps.org/word/FAQs/General/TipsAndGotchas.htm">Some Tips and

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    Re: Desparate !! - Work needs to be in by 2pm (A2000)

    In addition to what Hans has suggested, it may be the spaces in the File Name that is causing problems as well.

    If the File association is not set up correctly (which happens quite often), Word will try and open a document called A:En because it sees the space and thins that is the end of the file name.

    To check and correct this issue (in Win2K, but other OSes will be quite similar)
    <UL><LI>Open Windows Explorer and select Tools|Folder Options.
    <LI>Switch to the File Types Tab
    <LI>Scroll Down in the Registered file Types Tab until you get to Doc Microsoft Word Document
    <LI>Click once on it.
    <LI>Click on the Advanced Button, which will open another dialog box called 'Edit File Type'
    <LI>In the Actions List Single Click on Open
    <LI>Now Click the Edit... button, which will open a 3rd dialog box called 'Editing action for type: Microsoft Word Document'
    <LI>If the Use DDE check box is checked look at the DDE Message Text box.
    <LI>You should see something similar to: [REM _DDE_Direct][FileOpen(%1)]
    <LI>If this is what you see, you will need to put quotes around the %1, so it looks like:[REM _DDE_Direct][FileOpen("%1")]

    Now, if Use DDE wasn't checked, have a look at the 'Application to perform action:' Textbox
    <LI>You should see something like "C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOfficeWINWORD.EXE" /n %1
    <LI>You need to put quotes around the %1
    <LI>You will now have "C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOfficeWINWORD.EXE" /n "%1"[/list]Now all you have to do is OK your way out of the dialogs.

    That should take care of files with spaces in their names.

    I am also attaching screenshot of the dialogs that you should see.
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    Re: Desparate !! - Work needs to be in by 2pm (A2000)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by D Willett on 15-Jan-03 18:43. )</P>Thanks for all your suggestions on this issue, the response has been really gratifying.

    The work was handed in on-time ( Supprising co's she's late for everything ) and sends her thanks to all for helping.

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    p.s I've sent her some of your helpful tips via E.Mail

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    Re: Desparate !! - Work needs to be in by 2pm (A2000)

    A problem, though, in using Send To instead of the Save To Drive A--it doesn't allow the option of sending to the floppy drive. We have 25 networked PCs, Windows Professional and Office XP, and have set up the network so users can't save to the hard drive without losing the file(s)--several hundred use it most every day, and drives are purged of any saved files when we shut down. I'm beginning to think that when users come in with floppys that can't be read, even though a virus scan shows no problem, the corruption may be due to the Save To floppy. It happens seldom, though, but even once usually creates a lot of frustration.

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