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    Mysterious Section Breaks (2000/2002)

    Hoping that someone has some ideas here. The attached sample has some section breaks that are unlike any I've ever seen before. They behave kinda like continuous breaks, they don't show in any view -- but can be discovered if browsed by section break.

    Frankly, I thought the person who sent me the doc was nuts when she described this to me. Now, I'm wondering if I'm crazy too! Any ideas? TIA
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    Re: Mysterious Section Breaks (2000/2002)

    And some of them appear in the middle of a sentence... <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15>
    <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> Klaus

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    Re: Mysterious Section Breaks (2000/2002)

    The strange section breaks don't survive saving in RTF format.

    If you save in HTML format, there is some really weird code at the "section breaks":
    <pre>they would be paid the natural gas fuel rate.<span
    style="mso-spacerun: yes">

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    Re: Mysterious Section Breaks (2000/2002)

    This document has some internal problems that we can only begin to speculate about. The style name WP9_Heading

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    Re: Mysterious Section Breaks (2000/2002)

    yes, my understanding is that the file has a rather checkered past. I know it was a WP file, but has been in a Word format for a while now. I believe the "conversion" was likely just a cut and paste because the customer has such lousy luck with all the junk that happens with a convert.

    what's your suggestion on "the text salvaged and the container discarded"? Any other suggestions all you Word Wizards? Wierd, huh?

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    Re: Mysterious Section Breaks (2000/2002)

    at the very least you should copy and paste special -- unformatted text. This will not bring the junk over from a word perfect document. There are some tools on the market that help with conversions. I work for a law firm and on a daily basis we handle documents from WordPerfect to Word. You should never file ,open a WordPerfect document in Word.

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    Re: Mysterious Section Breaks (2000/2002)

    Don't ever count on "conversion" of WP documents - they can work fine for awhile and then ..... <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold">boom</span hi> ! It's a time-bomb waiting to go off. This is a huge issue and not one to be taken lightly. There are no foolproof shortcuts.

    Here's what I have my clients do

    1. Open the WP or questionable doc in word
    2. Copy all of the text
    3. Open a blank word document (We've created templates that have custom styles and footers, etc to help with formatting)
    4. Paste the text unformatted (Edit PasteSpecial Unformatted Text - create a macro for this)
    5. Reformat the document - this is done through the use of macros and custom styles

    Think this is a waste of time? Nope - it doesn't take that long once you're used to it AND it saves the headaches and time spent trying to figure-out just one corrupt document.

    My clients tried some other methods that took less time and they all went back to this because it always works -

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    Re: Mysterious Section Breaks (2000/2002)

    Hi Kris:
    I'm curious as to the macros & custom styles that you use to reformat the document. Could you elaborate. If the macros are long, perhaps you can post them as an attachment.
    Cheers,

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