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    Docs between Office 2000 & 2002 (SP-2)

    I have, what I think is an odd problem, but ought to be easy to fix, I hope.

    My business partner and I produce fairly extensive reports. If he does the original write-up, I'll do the final edits and complete the report. These are typically about 30 pages in length with tables, and other features. He is using Office 2000, I have Office 2002, SP2.

    For reports that he's processed, I find that the pagation on my copy of Word is different in all views: Print Layout, Print Preview and Normal. Each of these is different. The one that actually prints in the end appears to be displayed by Print Preview. Naturally, this makes finalizing a report so that it looks right quite difficult and frustrating. This whole situation does not occur for documents that have their entire process done on this machine. It's the ones that are shared that make the problem.

    I'm wondering if this could be fixed by making sure that we both have the same NORMAL.DOT file and lock it so that it cannot change. Any suggestion as to how to fix this compatibility issue would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Docs between Office 2000 & 2002 (SP-2)

    Do you and your business partner have different printers? The layout of a Word document is heavily dependent on the printer. A possible solution is to install the same printer driver on both PC's (you don't need to have a printer connected physically to install a printer driver), and set the document for the printer it will be printed on in the end; you can select a printer in the File/Print... dialog.

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    Re: Docs between Office 2000 & 2002 (SP-2)

    That's a good idea, Hans. We both use HP printers, although different models. I'll definitely try that suggestion.

    This problem began to manifest itself after I went over to Office 2002 in December with a new PC.

    What do you think of the Normal.dot idea?

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    Re: Docs between Office 2000 & 2002 (SP-2)

    Thank you very much, Phil. I suspect that the answer may well be in these doucments you provided. I have printed them both out and will work to make sure the two copies of Word are in Sync.

    I sincerely appreciate your help!

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    Re: Docs between Office 2000 & 2002 (SP-2)

    Hi Bob:
    I don't have Word 2002, but having the same normal.dot is a mixed bag. First of all, once a document is created, it's page setup, styles, etc. are controlled in the document, not by normal.dot. I think the most likely solution is the one proposed by Hans. You might take a look at Tools/Options/Compatibility Options & make sure they are set the same on both machines. For example, the option "Don't use HTML paragraph auto spacing" will affect line spacing & may be set differently. You can read about the different options at:
    2000 | http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;EN-US;193266 &

    2002 | http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;EN-US;288792

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    Re: Docs between Office 2000 & 2002 (SP-2)

    Your normal.dot idea is not such a good idea. Locking normal.dot? Muy mal.

    A better idea is to base all your shared documents on the same TEMPLATES - but not Normal.dot
    All ReportFlavor1.doc files should be based on ReportFlavor1.dot, etc. Set up these
    templates with your standard fonts, styles, number schemes, etc. then pass them around
    (if you're not on a network). Those you can "lock" and that would be muy bueno.
    Kevin <IMG SRC=http://www.wopr.com/w3tuserpics/Kevin_sig.gif alt="Keep the change, ya filthy animal...">
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