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    What is going on with this document? (XP)

    I borrowed this Word document (a syllabus) from a fellow professor and it is behaving strangely. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what is wrong with it.

    Where I noticed the problem first was down in the Grading section; although, it appears in other places in the document. Notice that the backwards P symbols that mark the end of a paragraph are at the BEGINNING of the paragraphs rather than the end. If I try to select the word "Attendance" by double-clicking on it, it is not possible to do so. I cannot highlight just that word either. Clicking and dragging the mouse over that line does nothing, no matter where I click.

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    Re: What is going on with this document? (XP)

    I cannot explain it - but I can fix it <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    I did a global ReplaceAll - replacing paragraph marks (^p) with XYZZY, followed by another global replace replacing XYZZY with ^p

    My assumption, for what it is worth, is that the paragraph marks are some other variant of the usual line terminator - presumably from an alternate computer type or software package.

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    Re: What is going on with this document? (XP)

    This appears to be a very multinational document, with English (Zimbabwe) and English (Saudi Arabia) applied to various text, and blank paragraphs showing a "Traditional Arabic" font name. I think my North American version of Word 2002 doesn't know what to make of it.

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    Re: What is going on with this document? (XP)

    Yea, I tried the same thing on my copy and it fixed it as well. Additionally, most of the paragraphs switched from being left justified to centered, which matches what happened when I tried to paste some of the sentences into my own document. Thanks.

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    Re: What is going on with this document? (XP)

    I borrowed the document from a professor at the US university where I teach so I fairly certain it was created on a US machine running XP but you are right. I had not though to check the language but when I did they were strange, to say the least.

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    Re: What is going on with this document? (XP)

    Hi Andrew:
    In Word 2000, I found that even changing the Language & replacing all the paragraph marks would not change the last paragraph mark in the document (nor the one in the footnote). I had to insert the file into a new blank document & then change the justification (by replacing flush right with flush left). Did your method replace the last paragraph mark in Word 2002?

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    Re: What is going on with this document? (XP)

    <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15> Good catch - I forgot to report that my first attempt had been the "copy everything other than the last paragraph mark to a new document" trick - that didn't work to fix the problem. However, I suspect I then used that new file for the replace so the answer is I don't know what it would have done on the original.

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