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    fixes/options for 'This document may be corrupt' (word97 sr2b)

    Hi

    on some of our documents when opening up a Word file, are displaying the error message message:
    'This document may be corrupt. To preserve the contents Choose Select All from Edit menu, the choose Copy from the Edit menu....'

    There are 2 fixes we have for this error msg.
    1st. As our current enviroment is in Office97, we just open the Word97 files in WordXP, save the file, then open up the file in Word97.
    result: cleans up the file therefore as a result the error message is removed.

    2nd. ms-article 164458 - Modify the Windows Registry ie
    1. On the Windows Start menu >click Run
    2. In the Open box - type regedit >click OK
    3. Goto the following windows registry
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice8.0WordOpt ions
    4. On the Edit meu, point to New & click String Value
    then add the following registry value:
    Name: Value data:
    LTOverflowRecovery 1

    5. on the Registry menu >click Exit
    6. Then open up Word97 file & check that the error message has been removed.

    Because this is under options I was wondering if this can be set as a setting within Word ie goto menu Tools>Options ....etc
    any ideas.
    many thanks
    Diana

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    Re: fixes/options for 'This document may be corrupt' (word97 sr2b)

    > Because this is under options I was wondering if this can be set as a setting within Word ie goto
    > menu Tools>Options ....etc

    That one doesn't sound familiar. If you do a "before and after" look at the dialog's panels, can you tell whether the Registry changes is reflected anywhere?? Perhaps on that long list of compatibility options?

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    Re: fixes/options for 'This document may be corrupt' (word97 sr2b)

    No, there is no way to set this within Word itself. It is a very "technical" setting that can only be applied with RegEdit, or by creating a .reg file with the correct contents and double clicking that.

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    Re: fixes/options for 'This document may be corrupt' (word97 sr2b)

    The reg file that Hans suggested is dead easy to create and is by far the easiest way to implement this solution across lots of PCs. I have posted the contents of the reg file I used on this machine. You can create a text file with a file name that ends in reg and contains this content. Once this is saved, just double click and say OK.

    <pre>Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice8.0WordOpt ions]
    "LTOverflowRecovery"="1"</pre>

    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Re: fixes/options for 'This document may be corrupt' (word97 sr2b)

    HI Andrew/Hans

    thanks for that.
    I know to create & edit registry settings.
    Someone just asked because the registry setting was under WordOptions & the person thought that perhaps this setting may be found & set within Word under the menu Tools>Options - located somewhere in here.
    I think we'll just deploy the regestry key to all pcs nationally.

    chers & many thanks
    Diana

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    Re: fixes/options for 'This document may be corrupt' (word97 sr2b)

    ...So I add the new registry key & this resolves the docs created in W97 that are displaying this error.

    If I have generated a doc in WOrdXP.
    open the file in WordXP as it opens up it displays the msg 'A table in this document has become corrupted: To recover the contents of this table: select the table and choose Conver Table to Text from the table menu.
    When I open the exact file in Word97 - on the open the msg is not displayed.
    Doesnt make sense. any ideas?

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    Re: fixes/options for 'This document may be corrup

    Hi Diana:
    This is a guess, but... Word has increased the features (& complexity) of it's tables with each version since Word 97. In order to maintain backward compatibility, previous versions can still open the newer versions, but you lose some features. That's probably what's happened with the document. When you open it in Word 97, certain features like vertical merged cells, nested tables, & many others aren't available...so the table isn't corrupted. But a later version that supports these features could find corruption.

    Suppose you convert the table to text & back to a table. Does the message go away? If not, try opening the file in Word 97 & doing the same thing & saving it.
    Cheers,

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    Re: fixes/options for 'This document may be corrup

    Hi Phil

    yeah its bizarre...
    I converted the table to Text, & text back to a table. this was unsuccessful & with these docs the docs contain many tables.
    The registry key hack works - so I think we'll just roll out the registry key to all pc's.

    many thanks Diana

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